Sleep--good, restful sleep--is vital to our overall health and wellbeing, even if scientists don't fully understand why. And yet 50-70 million Americans don't get quality sleep each night.
Why is this? What is causing this sleepless-epidemic? And are there ways that we can attain better sleep naturally?
Achieving Better Sleep with CBD
The Importance of Sleep
Sleep and its benefits for people--while undeniable--are a bit of an enigma to scientists still.
The inactive state of sleep is actually a fascinating and vital bodily process that helps people store memories, build up immunity, repair damaged tissue, regulate the metabolism and blood pressure, control appetite and blood sugar, and process learning, just to name a few of the physiological processes that take place in sleep.
New 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."
Sleep affects nearly every type of tissue and system in the body, including the brain, heart, lungs, metabolism, immune function, mood, and disease resistance. And a lack of quality sleep could be a much bigger deal than you realize.
Research from NIH goes on to say that a chronic lack of sleep, or getting poor quality sleep, can increase the risk of medical disorders including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity.
Unfortunately, poor-quality sleep is one of the top-reported medical complaints in the U.S., and it's become a serious public health concern. The average adult needs between seven and eight hours of sleep per day, 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 than just tiring.
Some of the diseases that can be cause by a lack of sleep can in turn create a higher risk of developing insomnia...and the vicious cycle continues, chronic lack of sleep leading to illness, and illness promoting chronic lack of sleep.
How CBD Can Help Promote Healthy, Quality Sleep
People have been finding some help in their desire for true rest in CBD.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) helps the body regulate the wake cycle and the circadian processes. How we fall asleep, stay asleep, wake up, and stay awake are all a part of an internal biological process regulated by circadian rhythms and our ECS. Circadian rhythms help manage many different actions in the body, including hormone production, heart rate, metabolism, and when to go to sleep and wake up.
Cannabinoids--like CBD--have been used for centuries to help promote healthy sleep. Today's modern sleep problems continue to see people looking for answers in the cannabinoids realm.
CBD has been found to help promote both wakefulness and healthy sleep, ironically. In smaller doses, CBD has been found to help clear the mind to be able to better focus and be alert. But in slightly higher doses, CBD helps the ECS promote restfulness to the body and can bring about sleep to those who struggle to find it.
An insomnia study suggested that the administration of 160 mg of CBD decreased interruptions during sleep and increased total sleep time, suggesting that high-dose CBD therapy can improve the quality and duration of sleep.
When taken, CBD attaches itself to the receptors of the ECS, and is able to interact and communicate with the body's circadian rhythms to help promote good and healthy sleep.
Many people are choosing CBD over OTC (over-the-counter) and prescription sleep and hypnotic drugs, which often come with their own set of side effects and problems that many people would rather avoid.
CBD doesn't have any negative side effects that come along with it, and it can be extremely effective in promoting quality sleep.
So what are you waiting for? If you are one of the tens of millions of Americans that struggle with a lack of sleep, then get some CBD and try it for yourself. Restful, quality sleep could be just around the corner for you!