CBD for Sleep: Does CBD Help with Sleep & Insomnia?

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Tick tock. You find yourself watching the slow tick of the clock as you add up how many hours of sleep you would get, if only you fell asleep RIGHT NOW.

But you don’t fall asleep for hours, leaving you yawning through your day, unable to be present at work and home with the fam.

If you have trouble sleeping or suffer from insomnia, there is hope for you to get some serious shuteye.

Cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabinoid derived from cannabis, is gaining a reputation as a powerful sleep aid for us daytime zombies to get rid of those bags under our eyes.

In this article, we will investigate whether or not CBD is a valid solution to poor sleep and insomnia.

a woman lying on a bed having insmonia

Insomnia and its Causes

Despite being exhausted, people with insomnia are unable to get the rest they need. Here are some common symptoms of insomnia:

  • - Difficulty falling asleep
  • - Disturbed sleep
  • - Waking up early
  • - Irritable
  • - Trouble with concentration, focus, and memory
  • - Less coordinated
  • - Headache
  • - Acid reflux
  • - Excessive worrying
  • - Increased risk of depression and anxiety
  • - Daytime fatigue or drowsiness

    But if you are an insomnia sufferer, you are not alone. Many of us are tossing and turning with you in solidarity.

    One out of four women experiences symptoms of insomnia, making it one of the most common sleep disorders.

    There are three types of insomnia:

    • 1. Acute insomnia/Adjustment insomnia: This is a temporary form of insomnia that can last up to one month. It is typically caused by stressful times in your life, like starting a new job, an important deadline, relationship difficulties, or exams. Once the stress is over, typically insomnia resides.

      • 2. Transient insomnia: This is another temporary form of insomnia that lasts for less than one week. It can be caused by another disorder, sleep environment changes, stress, or depression.

        • 3. Chronic insomnia: This form of insomnia can last more than one month. Although it is more often that insomnia is a short-term condition, it can become chronic. This is typically associated with medical or psychiatric conditions and occurs amongst people with an underlying risk of insomnia.

          Causes of Insomnia

          Knowing the cause of your zombification is the first step in finding the right solution for you.

          To understand what is causing your insomnia, it is first important to be aware of any environmental changes or stressors in your life. Are there any big changes or challenging situations happening in your life right now?

          If you can’t think of any obvious stressors, there are a range of other possible causes of your sleeplessness:

          • 1. Medications: Medications like antidepressants and medications for asthma or blood pressure can affect sleep. Additionally, some pain medications, allergy medications, and weight-loss contain caffeine or other stimulants that will keep you up.

            • 2. Mental health disorders: Having an anxiety disorder or PTSD may disrupt your sleep. Additionally, awakening too early can be a sign of depression.

              • 3. Medical conditions: Common conditions that are linked with insomnia are chronic pain, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, overactive thyroid, Parkinson’s disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and Alzheimer’s disease.

                • 4. Hormonal changes: Shifts in your hormones during the menstrual cycle or menopause can affect sleep. During menopause, night sweats and hot flashes can contribute to a lack of a good night’s rest.

                  • 5. Pregnancy: Not many people tell you that sleep quality also suffers before the baby comes. Insomnia is a common occurrence amongst those who are pregnant.

                    • 6. Age: People over the age of 60 have a greater risk of insomnia. As you age, the internal clock typically advances. This means that you get tired earlier in the evening and also wake up earlier in the morning. Despite these changes, older people still need the same amount of sleep.

                      CBD Oil as a Solution

                      Now that we have more information on the problem, let’s talk about solutions to get you back to your 8 solid hours. Common solutions used to treat insomnia are:

                      • - Therapy
                      • - Behavioral changes
                      • - Diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes
                      • - Medication
                      • - Acupressure
                      • - FDA-approved prescription devices

                        Many people have seen results from one or more of these solutions. Increasingly, CBD oil is considered a possible solution that can be added to this list.

                        New to the scene, CBD oil is a derivative of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa L.). It typically contains a range of cannabinoids and terpenes that interact with cannabinoid receptors in our endocannabinoid systems (ECS).

                        This system regulates many important functions of the body such as mood, sleep, pain, inflammation, and much more. CBD antagonizes the CB1 and CB2 receptors, especially in the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

                        Common effects that occur when cannabidiol interacts with the ECS are pain and anxiety relief. These are two of the main issues that cause us to lose sleep.

                        Therefore, cannabidiol can in turn help us get more restful sleep if these issues are resolved.

                        Forms of CBD

                        Cannabidiol is commonly produced in a tincture, but there are so many products like CBD gummies, capsules, tea, bath bombs, topicals, and more.

                        Some CBD brands often combine their products with melatonin for even more assistance in regulating the sleep-wake cycle.

                        However, there are three main types of hemp CBD extracts used to make all these products:

                        • 1. Full-spectrum CBD oil: This form of hemp CBD is said to be the most effective because it embodies the theory of the entourage effect. The full-spectrum CBD oil contains the array of cannabinoids and terpenes that are naturally found in the cannabis plant, including THC. These compounds are said to work synergistically to mimic the natural properties of the whole plant. These products are not just legal in California and Colorado anymore. They are federally legal in the USA if the THC content is below 0.3%!

                          • 2. Broad-spectrum CBD oil: This type of CBD oil contains all the cannabinoids and terpenes included in the full-spectrum oil, except it is THC-free. This is a good alternative to those who are worried about THC’s effects (but we wouldn’t recommend skipping THC; it is said to strengthen the oils’ effects!).

                            • 3. CBD isolate oil: CBD isolate simply is CBD, isolated. There are no additional cannabinoids or terpenes. 

                            CBD Solution From Juna World

                            Nightcap Sleep Drops, our CBD product for better sleep, not only includes USDA organic full-spectrum hemp extract but also certified USDA organic MCT coconut oil, USDA organic chamomile, USDA organic passionflower, and USDA organic mint.

                            We believe these non-GMO, good-quality ingredients make Nightcap the best CBD oil for sleep on the market. Here is a breakdown of its keto-friendly and gluten-free ingredients:

                            • - Full-Spectrum Hemp Extract: This extract was made from organic hemp coming from single-origin farms. With CBD as the main ingredient, the extract is also brimming with accessory cannabinoids such as CBN, CBG, THC, and antioxidants that scavenge the body and absorb age-accelerating compounds.

                              • - CBN: Cannabinol a minor cannabinoid known for its sedating effects.

                                • - CBG: Cannabigerol is a minor cannabinoid that helps with anxiety relief through the relaxation of muscles and difficult pain. 

                                  • - THC: Tetrahydrocannabinol is said to increase the effects of other cannabinoids. In combination with CBD in this study, chronic pain patients saw improved sleep.

                                    • - Chamomile: This natural herb primes liver detoxification pathways and decreases cortisol levels in the brain, helping you enter those deep, reparative stages of sleep. Chamomile is commonly regarded as a mild tranquilizer, digestif, and immune booster.

                                      • - Passionflower: scientifically proven to prolong your stage 3 (deep sleep cycle). More Stage 3 Sleep = more time your body spends in age-reversal mode. This stage is also when our brain enters glymphatic mode (this is where the brain washes itself to clean out the waste leaving you feeling refreshed the next day.)

                                        • - Terpenes: Myrcene, Nerolidol, B caryophyllene, Eucalyptol, A humulne, A -Pinene, D limonne.

                                          With the gigantic influx of CBD tinctures on the market, it can be hard to find the right one for you. It can be tempting to buy cheaper products.

                                          However, many of these are made with low-quality ingredients. Or even worse, they are toxic to its consumer!

                                          For this reason, our products are sent to a third-party lab for testing. These lab tests ensure our products’ potency as well as the absence of any potentially harmful contaminants like heavy metals, pesticides, or harsh solvents.

                                          Side effects of CBD oil are typically mild, but everyone experiences them differently if at all. To avoid side effects, it is best to start with a low dose and go from there.

                                          But, before you try CBD, talk to your doctor about CBD oil before trying it for your sleep issues. They can assess if it is right for you.

                                          Also, be sure to inform him or her of any medications you are taking to ensure CBD oil can fit into your daily regimen.

                                          Clinical Research of CBD for Sleep

                                          Hemp has been seen as a “powerful sedative” by physicians as early as 1843. And these days, there is even more information on how CBD specifically can have this effect.

                                          2020: This review summarized the current state of knowledge on endocannabinoids, cannabinoids, and their relationship with sleep. Here is a summation of the evidence:

                                          “It is becoming increasingly evident that endocannabinoids play a prominent role in sleep and sleep neurophysiology, and cannabinoid drugs alter these processes. There are clear overlaps between the brain eCB system and sleep-wake circuitry, and cannabinergic manipulations are capable of altering sleep on a large scale in terms of time spent in specific vigilance states, and fine-scale in terms of sleep architecture and spectral power of specific sleep-related brain rhythms.”

                                          It was also concluded that more research is to be done in the future for a better understanding of how these effects are caused.

                                          2019: This case series tested the effect of CBD supplementations on the sleep of psychiatric patients in an outpatient clinic. Researchers found that sleep was improved after 1 month of treatment of 35 to 175 mg of CBD a day. It was successful in two-thirds of the participants. 

                                          2019: This review analyzed several sleep studies, concluding many of the reviewed studies suggested that cannabinoids could improve sleep quality, decrease sleep disturbances, and decrease sleep onset latency.

                                          a bottle of CBD oil on a table

                                          Anecdotal Evidence for CBD Oil

                                          Alongside the growing evidence of CBD’s positive influence on sleep quality, there are mountains of anecdotal cases. Check out these helpful reviews from our CBD Nightcap customers:

                                          • “I have been sleeping so well since I started the Nightcap. I now have it on auto-delivery. Love it.” --Jorie Spaeth R. 

                                              • “I have tried many CBD products--from tinctures to gummies to sodas--and this one is effective, easy to dose, and tasty. Recommend!” --Andrea C.

                                                • “I’ve been using juna for about 3 months now. I started only with the nightcap and have now also incorporated balance and ease into my routines.

                                                That being said, nightcap has truly brought me much greater rest without feeling groggy the next day! I struggle with many mental illnesses including depression and anxiety.

                                                While CBD is non-psychoactive, the way it has help alleviate physical symptoms of my anxiety has helped me even come off my meds and feel much more grounded in myself and my days.

                                                Nightcap specifically has given me consistently sound sleep which I previously thought impossible without other medication.

                                                Of course this is just my own experience, but if it helps someone else find what works for them then it was worth it!

                                                To be fair, i have also tried cbd in the past and it didn’t work for me, but now it does!” --S.W.

                                                 

                                                Keep the Zombie Days Away

                                                It is easy to incorporate CBD into your nightly sleep routine. Simply use the dropper to drop the correct CBD dosage under your tongue 1 hour before bed.

                                                It works best if used cumulatively as your sleep/wake cycles adjust. Not only will getting more restful sleep to save you from watching the clock all night, but your overall health and wellness will also see a drastic overall improvement.

                                                Pair Nightcap Sleep Drops or sleep gummies with additional quality products to keep your zombie days away.

                                                Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only. It is not provided to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or ailment. It should not be interpreted as instruction or medical advice to displace the advice of your doctor or other medical professionals. We recommend talking to your doctor to prepare a treatment plan for any diseases or ailments.

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