The following article originally appeared on sundayscaries.com and was written by Madeleine Taylor
According to statistics released by Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 40% of adults in the US are not getting their recommended nightly sleep and people who sleep less than seven hours each night, are more prone to experiencing harmful consequences like:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
It goes without saying that getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis is crucial to maintaining your overall mental and physical health. If you frequently experience interruptions to your sleep pattern or just lack general sleep quality, then you should address it before it is too late. The most common problem experienced in those suffering from sleep disorders is not only falling asleep but also staying asleep for a good length of time, which could be caused by a lack of melatonin.
For serious sleep disorders, your physician may prescribe a tranquilizing medication like Xanax or Clonazepam each night, but this is simply a Band-Aid effect that could cause more harm than good and natural sleep aids should be looked into. The adverse effects of taking prescription medications to sleep have been well documented over the years. Horror stories of people falling asleep and never waking up or, in less serious cases, experiencing horrendous withdrawal symptoms when they try and kick their habit—not to mention the fact that over time you will be inserting more and more chemical toxins into your body, which can be harmful to your internal organs. Then there is the issue of dependence—most insomnia medications are highly addictive.
So, What Is the Best Natural Treatment for Sleep Disorders?
If you skim your eyes over any shelves in your local drugstore, it is likely you will see a huge range of natural remedies and sleep medications that promote a good night’s sleep. It is true that many of the herbal tablets and teas you see on offer can help you to relax and settle down, but few people have reported success with these, especially with regards to staying asleep throughout the night. So, what are you to do? Without sleep, you cannot possibly function properly during the day and now you find out that prescription sleep aids can make things even worse!
CBD Oil to Treat Insomnia
CBD-based products, whether they are cannabis-infused edibles or under the tongue tinctures, are quickly becoming people’s go-to product when it comes to treating illness and sleep disorders. While the majority of studies have been carried out in labs (all proving just how therapeutic CBD is) there is also a fair amount of research that has been conducted on human subjects, which indicates that CBD can significantly help people with insomnia to achieve a good night’s sleep on a regular basis.
How Does It Work?
THC, a compound found in cannabis, has been praised for its sleep-inducing effect for a very long time. CBD is also a crucial component in combating the symptoms of insomnia and it works to reduce the effects of THC that cause you to feel high. Often, people are actually kept away by the anxiety and stress associated with not being able to sleep, which, in turn, kicks their brain into overdrive and they just cannot find peace. The good news is, with the correct dose of CBD oil for sleep, you can enjoy a restful and lengthy nights sleep as a regular occurrence.
Recent research has revealed that CBD oil has a lot of potential as a natural solution to sleep disorders. It works differently to pharmaceutical drugs in it will not necessarily make you feel sleepy right away, but it will induce feelings of calmness that are necessary to quiet the mind before bed—breaking the sleep-wake cycle. As well as sending you to sleep, it will also work to heal a selection of underlying ailments in the body that could be contributing to your lack of sleep, such as:
- Chronic pain
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Age-related illness
- multiple sclerosis
- Sleep apnea and chronic insomnia (help promote a decent night’s sleep)
- Many other disorders
The list of benefits is endless. It is also important to remember that CBD oil will not only help you fall asleep, but it will also ensure that you are able to stay asleep for your desired amount of time.
How Much CBD Oil Do I Need to Take to Beat Insomnia?
As medical marijuana has only recently been legalized in the majority of states, further evidence is required to allow you to pinpoint the exact dosage you need. As it is an entirely harmless substance, an overdose is virtually impossible. Therefore, you need to use your intuition to begin with and monitor your progress as the days pass by. If you suffer from severe Insomnia, then you could start taking the highest dose of CBD oil available (always make sure you purchase your CBD oil for insomnia from a reputable provider) and adjust your dose as necessary. If you are slightly wary of the unknown and you are a newbie to cannabis-based products, start with a smaller dose until you find the correct amount that works consistently to improve your sleep habits.
Is There an Alternative Way to Benefit from the Effects of CBD?
CBD oil, while highly effective, isn’t always hailed for its taste. This is the reason that dispensaries will offer a range of alternatives like CBD infused edibles or tinctures that you drop under your tongue. All of these products work just as well as consuming actual CBD oil and they tent to taste better. Ultimately, it is a matter of personal choice.
While many people still remain sceptical as to how CBD—an entirely natural product—can work so effectively, the proof is in the proverbial pudding! So, if you are at the end of your tether with having to cope with sleepless nights and still go to work each day, then surely it is worth giving it a go—especially given that there is actual scientific proof that it works. Those who are already familiar with CBD oil can testify as to how much their emotional and physical wellbeing has improved just by taking a few drops of nature’s miracle every day and that is certainly enough encouragement for many people to hop on the medical marijuana bandwagon.
This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published on SundayScaries.