Let’s talk about sleep!! We all wish we could do it more and do it better (or is it just us?). Check out these facts about sleep that you may find interesting (or frightening).
- Almost half of all Americans say they feel sleepy during the day between three and seven days per week.
- 35.2% of all adults in the U.S report sleeping on average for less than seven hours per night.
- Between 10% and 30% of adults struggle with chronic insomnia
We all know that sleep is an integral part of our health, whether we like to admit it or not. Yet night after night, we continue to sabotage our dear circadian rhythms. Why? Common culprits of a bad night’s sleep include caffeine, naps, screen time, stress, and diet. But don’t stress, you’ve come to the right place. CBD can help you get a better night’s sleep by helping you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed. Let’s get into how CBD helps sleep.
How Does CBD Help with Sleep?
CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is made up of a vast network of chemical signals and receptors that are found in the brain and throughout the nervous system and can help maintain body functions like mood, stress, appetite, memory, sleep, and circadian rhythms. CBD interacts with the cannabinoid receptors and can regulate these functions. CBD helps reduce stress so you can fall asleep faster. There is still a lot unknown about exactly how CBD affects the ECS, but more and more people are taking CBD for sleep.
Here’s some suggestions for taking CBD for sleep.
CBD Lotion for Sleep
After a long day, there is nothing better than a nice hot shower before bed. Now if you add CBD to the mix, it’s definitely better! After your shower, use some CBD lotion to reduce muscle tension and soreness, reduce inflammation, moisturize your skin, and feel calmer. Bonus points if you get your partner to give you a CBD lotion massage.
CBD Oil for Sleep
Slow things down with some CBD oil to help sleep. Add CBD to your nighttime tea or any beverage before bed to calm your mind and stop those racing thoughts that tend to keep us up all night. Do this 30 minutes to an hour before bed to maximize results. The effects of CBD can be hard to time exactly, as different forms of CBD enter the bloodstream at different rates, but on average, it takes about an hour before the effects are felt. You may also take the CBD under your tongue for quicker results.
CBD Aromatherapy for Sleep
If you have some reservations about ingesting CBD, CBD aromatherapy is the perfect option for you. Aromatherapy can reduce the perception of stress, increase contentment, and decrease levels of cortisol, the “stress hormone.” Whether you prefer a CBD candle or CBD reed diffuser, both are excellent at offering a sense of tranquility and peace in your home. There is something weirdly calming about a lit candle, and with the added function of the CBD, the feelings of stress just melt away. Reed diffusers are also a great option for households with pets and children. You can still smell the sweet scents without having to worry about your house burning down. #smart
CBD Dose for Sleep
If you plan to take CBD for sleep, you may have to play around with the dose a bit. The right dose of CBD depends on your past experiences with CBD, your body weight, how much food you ate that day, and many other factors. If you feel comfortable with increasing your dose, start small and continue until you feel the effects. CBD is perfectly safe for sleep, plus it’s non-habit forming so you can rest easy.
If you get excited about going to bed, adding CBD to your nighttime routine will make going to bed even more fun. Try a CBD candle, CBD oil or CBD shot before bed and see how much better you sleep.