The Importance of Healthy Sleep
As the old adage goes, “Nothing beats good night’s rest.”
Unfortunately, many are not able to enjoy a good nights rest due to sleeping disorders such as insomnia, which is as “difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.”
According to the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from a sleeping disorder. While one night without sleep may lead to drowsiness and eye strain throughout the day, a pattern of poor sleep can lead to serious health conditions, such as anxiety, depression and increased risks of high blood pressure and obesity.
So what can those of us dealing with sleeping disorders do to get a good night’s rest?
Sleeping pills, drinking, smoking a joint? These may help but do come with their own side effects.
If you’re looking for a different alternative, promising findings from numerous studies show that Cannabidiol (CBD) may be the perfect option.
CBD and the Sleep-Wake Cycle: How CBD Works for Insomnia
CBD is a cannabis compound found naturally occurring in the cannabis plant.
CBD does not work as a sedative like its psychoactive counterpart THC, many that use CBD for insomnia notice that its calming and stress-relieving properties allow them to relax and enjoy a full night’s rest.
In addition to the positive feedback from those that use CBD for their insomnia, recent research indicates that CBD may indeed help provide relief from insomnia and other sleeping disorders.
In a 2006 study, researchers administered CBD to rats in order to understand how CBD affected their sleep-wake cycle. What they discovered is that during the tests daylight hours, the rats become more alert; however, at night, the alertness did not affect their sleeping pattern.
This shows us that CBD may provide users with a more balanced sleep-wake cycle by preventing daytime sleepiness to ensure our body and mind can properly rest at night.
How CBD Combats the Root Causes of Insomnia
To better support this theory, it is important to understand CBD’s relationship with our body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is a group of receptors throughout our nervous system that regulates many different functions in our bodies such as our stress/anxiety response, our body temperature and our mood levels. When CBD interacts with our ECS it helps improve how our body regulates these functions to provide balance throughout the body.
That being said, CBD is not alleviating insomnia by sedating the body, but rather by combatting the causes of insomnia (anxiety, stress, chemical imbalance) to provide calmness and balance. This allows the user to enjoy a good night’s rest and follow a natural sleep-wake cycle.
If you or a loved one suffers from insomnia or another sleeping disorder, we highly recommend giving CBD a try. It may just be the best thing you could do for yourself!
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