Quality is sleep is crucial to emotional, mental and physical health. Yet, 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders and more than 60% of American adults reports having sleep disturbances . In this article, we explore the importance of sleep for your health, its relationship to the endocannabinoid system, and how CBD may help you sleep much better.
Your circadian rhythm is a daily (~24 h) cycle of biological activity. If it becomes poorly synchronized with daytime and nighttime, you may experience decreased sleep quality and/or quantity, impacting your body's performance. This could result in increased cortisol production, decreased metabolism, slower recovery from exercise, greater hunger (with strong cravings for comfort foods), impaired mental performance, and generally feeling worse.
Cannabinoids, among hundreds of different compounds in the cannabis plant, have been used medicinally for centuries to improve sleep quality and sleep onset. Your body produces its own cannabinoids as part of the endocannabinoid system, which regulates mood, relaxation, appetite, pain perception, and even cognition. CBD directly interacts with receptors of the endocannabinoid system and has been found to be helpful for improving sleep quality.
Here’s a list of studies on CBD and sleep:
Surprisingly, CBD can help you both fall asleep and stay awake. In smaller doses, CBD stimulates alertness and reduces daytime sleepiness which is important for your sleep-wake cycle. In large doses (upwards of 150 mg) CBD decreases sleep interruptions and increases total sleep time. So far, a range of doses from 10mg to upwards of 1300mg have been studied in scientific research for sleep problems, depression, stress, anxiety, and pain relief. As with everything, you need to experiment with a dosage range that works for you to get amazing sleep.
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