A Good Night’s Sleep: CBD for Insomnia

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Studies show that CBD can help you fall asleep more quickly and get better sleep quality without feeling tired when you wake up in the morning. Here is everything you need to know about CBD and sleep, and we’ve added some recommendations on products that will help you sleep better

A good night’s sleep is essential for the overall health of each and every one of us. Experts recommend sleeping between seven and nine hours each night to be fully energized for the next day. Quality sleep contributes to memory formation, aids growth, builds muscle, repairs tissue, and prevents disease. But how many of us really manage to get a whole night’s sleep? One that fills us with energy for the entire day, and not the kind that we wake up immediately tired and already dreaming of a mid-day nap?

A 2016 study evaluating sleep patterns in the United States found that one in three American adults are not getting enough sleep regularly. Not enough sleep is linked with lower efficiency at work and a low level of job satisfaction. Even worse, it may cause chronic diseases and conditions such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and depression. Not getting enough sleep can lead to vehicle crashes with injuries and disabilities. 

Sleeping pills have side effects, and the waking-up process lacks the freshness we would expect after a good night’s sleep. One of the accelerating approaches to treating insomnia is using cannabidiol, CBD, one of the active ingredients in the cannabis plant. It is free of side effects, significantly improves sleep quality, and does not impair wakefulness when you open your eyes in the morning.

What Does the Research Say?

In recent years, there has been increasing research on the positive effects of CBD as an isolated substance from other active substances in cannabis, such as THC. The main reason is that CBD alone has no psychoactive effects; it does not cause euphoria and high. The World Health Organization (WHO) has already declared CBD as a safe-to-use substance without significant side effects. All of these encourage scientists to continue researching the effects of CBD, and indeed, initial studies suggest that CBD can significantly improve sleep quality.

One study found that a 160 mg daily dose prolonged sleep compared with participants who received a placebo. In addition, doses of 40, 60, 80, and 160 mg of CBD helped participants fall asleep more easily.

Cortisol is the hormone responsible for stress levels. Cortisol levels usually peak in the morning, but cortisol levels will be high at night in people with insomnia. Even after falling asleep, high cortisol levels will lead to multiple awakenings during sleep, making it poor quality sleep. Researchers found that cortisol levels dropped significantly when study participants took 300 or 600 mg of CBD oil. The study results suggest that CBD affects the release of cortisol and softens its effect.

A more recent study recruited 103 participants who suffered from poor sleep and anxiety. Participants were given 25 mg to 175 mg CBD combined with other prescribed medications. The researchers found that 25 mg of CBD was most effective for anxiety, and higher doses helped treat sleep disorders. During the three months of the study, 66.7% of participants reported improved sleep.

Best CBD Products for Sleep

The best, most effective product for improving sleep quality is CBD oil. The oils you will find here come in different concentrations, depending on your location. For example, in Europe, you can choose between 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, 24%, and even 30%. In the United States, we offer 30ml bottles with 1000mg, 2000mg, 3000mg, and 4000mg of CBD. If this is your first time experimenting with CBD oil, you should start with the lower concentrations. Later on, after you get used to the effects, you can increase the dose and the concentration. 

Those already experienced in consuming CBD oil can buy the higher concentration bottles of CBD oil. Happy Garden’s CBD oils are made in a full-spectrum extraction process that provides all the valuable ingredients of cannabis. All our oils are natural, organic, vegan, made in the United States, and hold a certificate of analysis from a laboratory confirming the quality of the oil. Each bottle of CBD on our site is extracted from the highest quality plants and mixed with MCT coconut oil for a smooth and pleasant taste.

How CBD Helps to Sleep Better

CBD oil is a powerful sedative that helps reduce anxiety, helps relieve stress, and relieve muscle aches and other pains. Thus CBD promotes a comfortable and quality sleep. The CBD communicates with the serotonin receptors responsible for regulating our mood, emotions, and stress levels. This interactivity improves the sleep cycle and aids in the process of falling asleep as well as the sleep itself. In addition, CBD enhances the growth of new nerve cells in the brain.

CBD also affects dopamine levels, an essential hormone in the brain and body. This effect is significant in the REM phase of sleep, the deepest phase we dream. The deep sleep phase contributes to reducing depression and improving memory. Those who suffer from insomnia and poor quality sleep do not reach the REM stage or experience a very short one. This can be changed after long-term use of premium quality CBD oil.

The Benefits of CBD Oil

CBD oil has powerful qualities and a general wholesome effect on the body. The oil is known to relieve pain, treat anxiety, relieve nausea and vomiting, and regulate stress and tension. The oil is rich in anti-inflammatory properties. All of these together, directly and indirectly, contribute to deeper and better sleep. The oils come with THC at a concentration of 0.2% or less, an amount that does not cause psychoactive effects, no sense of high or euphoria, and no need to issue a cannabis license.

It is effortless to use; just drip the recommended dose on a teaspoon and place it under the tongue for 30-60 seconds until completely absorbed. You can start with a lower dose and increase it if necessary. The refining process of our oils removes the aftertaste typical of lower quality CBD oils which ensures excellent taste and aroma.

When Will I Feel an Improvement 

CBD oil for sleep problems is not a magic drug simply taken and solves your problem after a single use. To achieve the best results, you must use the oil continuously and for a long time. Consumers say that after a few days, they already feel some improvement. Still, the best results are felt after about a week. CBD affects each one differently because we have different characteristics – sex, height, weight, health status, genetic data, and more. This means that two drops will suffice for one person, and improvement will be felt after three days. Four drops will be needed for another person, and the benefit will be felt after a week. Give yourself a few days to learn the correct dose for you, and then you will feel how CBD improves your sleep quality, and thus your quality of life.

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