People often say time is our most valuable asset, but it’s certain that many would argue that sleep is the factor they value most in the hectic buzz we call life. Having a good night’s sleep will define the course of your day, from the moment you open your eyes, whether its with or without the wail of your alarm; you start the day as you mean to go on. Consequently, if you’re well rested you are more likely to achieve your goals for the day, whereas if you are groggy the day is simply about counting down the hours before you can go back to bed.
As sleep is something so precious to us, it would only make sense that we do everything possible to ensure we get a high quality amount every night. This is easier said than done - or is it?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound with a multitude of therapeutic benefits, including an improved night’s sleep. CBD is a cannabinoid and it sets to work in the human body by interacting with receptors, this process has been found to improve homeostasis. Homeostasis is the state of balance in our bodies, which drives the equilibrium between sleep and wake. At its base, CBD has been found to be a natural way to ensure a good night’s sleep.1
But aside from taking care of what is often considered the root cause of good/bad sleep, there are many contributing factors, which can also be alleviated with the help of CBD.
Mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) all draw a clear link to sleeplessness and sometimes even insomnia, keeping those afflicted by the disorders up at night, worrying. Studies have found that those suffering from anxiety and sleeplessness were experiencing a notably higher quality of sleep after taking 25mg of CBD daily for one month.2 After the first month of the study, 79.2% reported lower anxiety and 66.7% attested to better sleep.
Whilst mental health may draw an obvious parallel with sleep quality, physical health is also paramount to getting good sleep. There are elements which are within our immediate control which contribute to a better or worse sleep, for example fresh air, adequate exercise, diet, and caffeine intake. We have the ability to monitor our approach to these and perhaps modify our way of life, if needs be. However, sometimes one’s physical health is unpredictable.
Chronic pain and aches, which could result from many incidents, or simply be a product of life itself, can be held responsible for keeping you awake at night. If you’re aware of your discomfort it is hard to transition into a peaceful sleep. Research has discovered that there is evidence to support the claim that CBD relieves pain, which improves sleep.3
CBD can be taken in various forms, such as oils, vapes, and capsules. When taking CBD to improve sleep oil or capsules are generally recommended as they have a slower release into the bloodstream, which is more helpful when going to sleep.