There are few things more frustrating than a bad night’s sleep. Yet, for the 1 in 4 adults in the US that develop insomnia each year, the dream of a good night’s sleep is more akin to a nightmare. Whether it’s a hard time falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up early and not being able to get back to sleep, CBD may help catch those precious zzz’s.
Why Do We Need Sleep?
Humans spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping. Surprisingly, science still doesn’t have a comprehensive answer as to why we sleep, but we do know that a number of important processes take place during that time that are inextricably linked to health and well-being.
The average adult requires 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night to function at our best. During this time, our mind and body are actively moving through a series of four important stages made up of non-rapid eye movement (N-non REM) and rapid eye movement (REM).
A significant portion of the night is spent in three non-REM sleep stages. N1 and N2 non-REM sleep are the first two stages and help prepare the body and mind for deep sleep. Once in N3 non-REM or deep sleep, the body gets to work repairing itself, from muscles and bones to tissues to cells, along with strengthening the immune system.
The fourth stage, REM, has been found to facilitate learning and memory by clearing out the clutter. Think of it as a daily dose of Feng Shui for your brain. When we’re awake, we are constantly engaged with new information and experiences, which create connections between neurons – or synapses. The brain can only grow and expand so much. When we sleep, the brain’s neural connections shrink, which makes way for new information.
While every sleep stage is important, the body needs to move through all four stages to get the restorative benefits that are so important to overall health and well-being. Lack of quality sleep has been linked to a variety of conditions, including inability to focus, memory loss, depression and obesity, to name a few. Bottom line: sleep needs to be prioritized.
What Keeps Us Up at Night
There are a variety of reasons why we aren’t getting the amount or quality of sleep we need.
Primary or acute insomnia lasts anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. It is most often associated with a situation or circumstance, such as stress, pressure or trauma. Examples may include pressure to perform on a work project, trauma of dealing with a family emergency or crisis, or stress from increased responsibilities. It may also be a result of adjusting to a new medication that affects circadian rhythm or jet lag, or external factors like noise, light, smell or temperature.
Sleep issues lasting longer than a month are considered secondary or chronic insomnia. More specially, issues occurring at least three times per week for at least three months. This type of insomnia is most often a symptom or side effect of another condition, such as depression, anxiety, asthma, arthritis, cancer and sleep apnea, along with alcohol and caffeine use or substance abuse.
CBD and Sleep
Our endocannabinoid system helps regulate body functions, including sleep, pain and mood. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the hemp plant that works naturally with our endocannabinoid system to support these functions by interacting with the receptors. While more studies are continually needed to fully understand the relationship, there is general consensus that CBD may benefit sleeplessness.
It is important to know that CBD is not a cure for any condition. CBD works by supporting the symptoms, not by solving the issue itself. Sorry to say, it will not cure cancer, solve the family emergency or do the work to complete the major work project. But it may help in managing anxiety, reducing pain, or providing a sense of calm that may in turn lead to better sleep.
One of the more comprehensive studies took place 2019 with 72 subjects, of which 47 were experiencing anxiety and 25 experienced poor sleep. 79.2% of patients reported lower anxiety and 66.7% reported better sleep when given 25 mg of CBD per day. Another 2018 study showed there is fair evidence supporting the claim that CBD soothes pain.
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