CBD for Sleep

The Facts

Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, and there are some frightening statistics to back this up:

  • Adults between the ages of 26-64 require at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night; 35% of adults are getting less than this amount.
  • 20% of reported car accidents are due to tired drivers.
  • There are 100,000 deaths each year that are related to medical errors caused by lack of sleep.
  • Insomnia affects 30% of adult Americans; 10% of these cases are chronic.
  • Between 50-70 million Americans have at least one sleep disorder. Some common sleep disorders include sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, sleep paralysis, narcolepsy, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Because sleep is so crucial to health and functionality, both mentally and physically, people will often seek relief or assistance by purchasing over-the-counter medications or obtaining prescriptions. Energy drinks are also widely consumed to keep the sleep-deprived awake longer. None of these options are very good for you - enter CBD into the picture.

Understanding How CBD Can Help Sleep

CBD is increasingly being used as a healthy alternative by consumers to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders, but why? As it stands, CBD is still undergoing research to determine its effects on users and how it can help. While CBD is often cited currently as a sleep aid assisting users in obtaining better rest, scientists still aren’t sure exactly what role CBD plays. This is because many CBD products will also contain a terpene called myrcene, which has reported sedative effects. Scientists aren’t sure yet if the myrcene alone is what helps, if the CBD is the contributor, or if it’s a combination of the two. There are also many users who combine THC in with their CBD; THC is also known to assist in sleep aid.

Anxiety reduction is another factor that comes into play when understanding CBD as a potential sleep aid. CBD is becoming well-known as an aid in reducing stress and anxiety; often, users that have these conditions will also have trouble sleeping. When CBD is introduced and taken to relieve anxiety and stress related problems, better sleep is often reported as well. This notion can further complicate things because scientists and doctors aren’t sure if sleep is being improved due to CBD’s reduction of anxiety, or if the CBD is directly helping to improve the user’s sleep condition.

Is CBD Right for Me?

Research is pointing to CBD being an effective and natural aid for sleep - but is it right for you? Here are some things to consider:

  • How often are you having sleep problems? If you choose to use CBD for sleep, many experts recommend it for use as a short-term solution instead of long-term.
  • CBD has been shown to be non-addictive, unlike prescription and over-the-counter sleep aids.
  • If you're concerned about side effects, CBD has been shown to have few to none. Over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids, however, often carry heavy and harmful side effects.

If you have questions or concerns about beginning a CBD regiment, please discuss with your doctor before use.

How Should I Take CBD for Sleep?

CBD for sleep is still being researched, and every user responds differently to its effects; that being said, there is no recommended CBD dosage for users to take. If you choose to take CBD as a sleep aid, it’s recommended that you start with a low dose and work your way up from there if needed. 

When and how you take your CBD dose is up to you; however, some users note its effects are best felt when taken 1 hour before bedtime. Gummies, capsules, or tinctures - it’s up to your preference, but if you’re looking for an excellent sleepy time CBD recipe, we’ve got a yummy one here for you to try!

While rare, there is a possibility you can experience certain side effects from taking CBD, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in weight
  • Diarrhea

If you’re planning on adding CBD into your sleep loss treatment, please involve your physician in your decision. Do not stop taking any prescribed medications without discussing it with your physician.