According to a 2016 study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1 in 3 adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis, and an estimated 70 million people are suffering from insomnia or some other sleep disorder.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that adults aged 18–60 years sleep at least 7 hours each night to promote optimal health and well-being. Sleeping less than 7 hours per day is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and frequent mental distress.
After reading this it’s no surprise that many folks choose to intake heavy sleeping medications like Ambien as a way to get a good night’s rest. Despite being commonplace, sleeping pills carry serious side effects like amnesia and sleepwalking, or even scarier, sleep driving. With prescribed opioids, patients can develop tolerances that lead to higher doses and sometimes accidental overdoses. A growing amount of patients are now looking for alternatives to the traditional sleeping aids and CBD is now considered a viable option in the eyes of many health care professionals.
In terms of functioning as a sleep-promoting agent, CBD is believed to work by interacting with a network of receptors, proteins, and other chemicals in the brain that influence factors like anxiety and the sleep-wake cycles that are essential to obtaining a quality night’s sleep.
Researchers understand that sleep is divided into multiple cycles with different phases, and it is generally regarded that CBD increases sleep in the 3rd phase, which is the “deep sleep” phase.
It’s also been shown that CBD decreases the duration of REM sleep, which is a phase of light sleep where dreams occur. By reducing REM sleep, people dream less meaning better quality sleep that isn’t tireless from racing thoughts.
Additionally, according to CBD research, CBD’s calming effects may be able to:
- Increase overall sleep duration
- Reduce sleep related problems
- Improve sleep quality
- Reduce insomnia
Before stopping any sleeping medications for CBD, please consult with your physician in advance who will be able to make safe suggestions on a sleeping aid that’s right for you.