SLEEP & CBD, facts and myths
Not getting enough quality sleep seriously sucks and impedes on our daily lives significantly. Sleep disorders are very common, affecting 50 – 70 million US adults. Unfortunately, most physicians prescribe drugs to combat sleep disorder rather than help people manage it naturally.
Taking sleep medications regularly are habit forming, unhealthy, and induce negative side effects. Your body develops a psychological dependency to sedative-hypnotic drugs like Ambien and Lunesta, which often leave you with residual feelings of grogginess in the morning, even after a full 8 hours of sleep. (Talk to you doctor first before discontinuing or reducing any drugs)
The good news is that CBD can definitely help in the long run with providing you a restful night’s sleep and getting off of the meds. BUT it plays a very interesting role in sleep… and it’s NOT what we (Comfortably-Numb) previously thought. CBD is indirectly responsible for better sleep because it stops inflammation on the cellular level and is a potent antioxidant, which lowers your stress levels thus helping to improve the quality and restfulness of your sleep.
But dosing and timing are very important. With smaller doses, CBD can stimulate alertness and
reduce daytime sleepiness, great for daytime performance and the strength and consistency of the sleep-wake cycle. It is best to consume a lower dose during the day to keep you stress-free and relaxed, but focused, throughout the day. This in itself can help you fall asleep more quickly and stay asleep longer throughout the night.
Once it builds up in your system, taking a higher dose 2-3 hours before bedtime can help even more. And it also works with the many underlying problems that cause sleeplessness such as; Anxiety, Sleep Apnea, Chronic pain, Depression, REM behavior disorder, PTSD and restless leg syndrome.
A few people mentioned that they dream like never before when taking CBD. This is because it is effective in regulating
the dream cycle REM (random eye movement.) REM sleep seems to play an important role in keeping up one’s physical health, for it is during this period that the blood flow diverts towards the muscles, which gives time and space to your brain to take a break.
Having troubles attaining REM phase of the sleep can certainly produce a negative impact on your health since if this is the case, your brain remains devoid of rest.
In conclusion, everyone’s body make-up is entirely unique, so it’s impossible to pinpoint a specific concentration of CBD that will work for everyone. Larger people or those with more severe symptoms have achieved desired results starting with at least 25-50mg of CBD each day and increasing/ decreasing from there. Smaller customers or those with milder symptoms have achieved their desired results beginning with just 10-15mg of CBD and adjusting when necessary.