Although science may not know exactly why, we know that sleep is crucial to our overall health and wellbeing. And yet 50-70 million Americans don’t get a good night’s sleep each night.
What could be causing this epidemic of sleeplessness? And are there ways to get better sleep naturally?
Thankfully, people are finding a natural solution to their problems with sleeplessness and insomnia, and that solution is CBD.
Getting Better Sleep With CBD
Sleep is Really Important
The undeniable benefits of sleep are still a bit of an enigma to scientists, although incredibly fascinating.
The inactive state of sleep is a vital part of many of the body’s physiological processes. This part of sleep helps people store memories, builds immunity, repairs damaged tissue, regulates the body’s metabolism and blood pressure, controls appetite and blood sugar, and processes learning.
Findings from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institute of Health (NIH) suggest that “sleep plays a housekeeping role that removes toxins in your brain that build up while you are awake.”
Because sleep affects nearly every system in the body, a lack of quality sleep could be having a much bigger impact on you than you realize.
Research from NIH goes on to say that a chronic lack of sleep, or poor quality sleep, can increase the risk of medical disorders like high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity. Unfortunately, one of the most serious health concerns and top-reported medical complaints in the U.S. is poor-quality sleep. The average adult needs between seven and eight hours of sleep every night, but over 60% of Americans don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis.
Project CBD says, “Over 40 million Americans suffer from more than 70 different sleep disorders. The most common sleep-related ailments include:
- Insomnia – when one cannot fall asleep or stay asleep.
- Sleep apnea – which involves impaired breathing while sleeping.
- Restless leg syndrome – characterized by tingling, discomfort and even pain in the legs that increases at night and is relieved by movement.
- Circadian rhythm disorders – when one’s internal clock is off and one’s sleep patterns are disturbed.
- Parasomnias – which entails abnormal movements and activities while sleeping, including sleep walking and nightmares.
- Excessive daytime sleepiness – when an individual experiences persistent drowsiness during daylight hours from narcolepsy or another medical condition.”
Not getting a good night sleep can be more serious than just being a little tired.
Some of these diseases that can be caused by a lack of sleep can create a higher risk of developing insomnia. And then the vicious cycle continues: chronic lack of sleep leading to illness, and illness promoting chronic lack of sleep.
CBD Helps Promote Quality Sleep
Thankfully, people have been finding some help in their desire for quality sleep with CBD.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) helps regulate the body’s wake cycle and circadian processes. The ECS and circadian rhythms help manage many different actions in the body, including hormone production, heart rate, metabolism, and when to go to sleep, stay asleep and wake up.
Cannabinoids–like CBD–have been used for hundreds of years to help promote healthy sleep. Today’s modern sleep problems continue to see people searching for answers in the cannabinoids realm. CBD has been found to help promote both wakefulness and healthy sleep, weirdly enough.
In small doses, CBD has been shown to help clear the mind to be better focused and alert. But in slightly higher doses, CBD helps the ECS promote restfulness in the body and can bring about restful sleep.
An insomnia study suggested that a 160 mg dose of CBD can decrease interruptions during sleep and increase total sleep time, suggesting that high-dose CBD therapy can improve the quality and duration of sleep.
CBD attaches itself to the receptors of the ECS and is able to interact and communicate with the body’s circadian rhythms, which helps promote good and healthy sleep.
Many OTC and prescription sleep and hypnotic drugs often come with their own set of side effects and problems that many people would rather avoid. This is one of the reasons that so many people are opting for CBD to help with their sleeplessness issues.
CBD doesn’t have negative side effects that come along with it, and it can be extremely effective in promoting quality sleep.
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