CBD Oil for Sleep
Sleep…it’s integral to our physical and mental health, yet an element of our lives that we often underestimate and compromise upon. It’s the first thing to suffer when our lives become hectic, when we work long hours or let stress take its toll.
According to the NHS, it’s thought that a third of the British population will suffer from insomnia at some point in their lives. Alongside the stresses of daily life, sleep can also be disturbed by long-term pain, sleepwalking, snoring and nightmares. While we should all be aiming for a solid seven hours, in 2016, a survey by the Royal Society for Public Health discovered that we typically sleep for 6.8 hours per night.
In March 2020, the Mental Health Foundation commissioned two surveys on sleep and mental health from YouGov – one focusing on UK adults over the age of 18 and the other on teenagers aged between 13 and 19.
Of those surveyed, it was found that 48% of adults and 66% of teenagers felt that sleeping badly had a negative effect on their mental health. You can read the full report here. In fact, poor sleep and sleep disorders impact our ability to lead a healthy lifestyle and can be associated with a range of diseases from heart attack to depression.
As part of this study, Professor Colin Epsie, Professor of Sleep Medicine at Oxford University, shared five principles for good sleep. These are that we should all:
1. Value our sleep as something crucial to our lives.
2. Prioritise our sleep by putting sleep first when making choices about what we want to do.
3. Personalise our sleep by finding the natural ‘sleep window’ that works best for us.
4. Trust that sleep is a natural process and that it will form a good pattern.
5. Protect our sleep by avoiding or preventing things that can upset it.
What is CBD?
Increasingly, people who suffer from insomnia or have trouble getting to sleep are turning to CBD for help.
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a component of the cannabis sativa plant. Of the plants two main species – hemp and marijuana – hemp contains a higher percentage of CBD and an extremely low level of THC, the compound responsible for the psychological ‘high’ associated with cannabis.
Non -intoxicative and non-euphoric, CBD is credited with relieving chronic pain, auto-immune diseases, anxiety and depression and insomnia.
How does CBD work for sleep?
So, just how and why does CBD relieve insomnia, leading to better sleep?
• Firstly, it relieves anxiety which is commonly linked to lack of sleep. If you are one of the many people who struggle to relax your mind at the end of a day, CBD could be exactly what you’re looking for. As the stresses of the day build up, it’s unsurprisingly common that this can lead to anxiety. CBD oil interacts the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is responsible for regulating and balancing many processes in the body such as immune response and communication between cells. It plays an important role in activating and terminating the body’s response to stress. When we add CBD to the mix, it helps improve the brains capacity to deal with stress which, in turn, helps us to relax, fall asleep more easily and stay asleep.
• A 2014 study suggests that CBD reduces the frequency of events related to REM sleep behaviour disorder in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Four patients treated with CBD in the case series showed a prompt and substantial reduction in the frequency of RBD-related events without side effects. A further review in 2017 had similar findings, noting that CBD may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia and that it may treat REM sleep disorder and excessive daytime sleepiness.
And, of course, CBD is able to alleviate anxiety and aid sleep without the side effects commonly found in prescribed drugs. While ‘sleeping pills’ can be prescribed to treat bad bouts of insomnia, they can have negative side effects, sometimes causing daytime ‘grogginess’, disrupting a natural sleep pattern and occasionally causing addiction.
Will taking CBD make me feel sleepy all the time?
Simply put, no. As a natural product, CBD can help you to relax but won’t cause you to feel less active when awake. Instead, it calms the mind and eases anxiety without creating intoxicating or psychotic effects. CBD works with your body’s natural rhythm, helping you to stay focused and productive when awake and calm when going to sleep.
When should I take CBD oil for sleep?
In 2017, a World Health Organisation report concluded that CBD does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm. It has no physically addictive qualities and is also safe for children, so becomes an obvious choice for those looking to improve their sleep.
At ULU we don’t recommend CBD use in pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
As with sleep, CBD is at its most effective when taken regularly. Begin by taking it at the same time each day and maintain a habit of including it in your daily routine.
Which CBD products should I take for sleep?
There are various methods of CBD consumption and each has its own advantages. You can choose whichever is best for you.
1. Sublingual method: place CBD oil under your tongue and let it absorb, by-passing the digestive system
2. Orally: ingest edibles or CBD capsules
3. Topically: apply oil, serum or cream directly on to the skin
4. Inhaling: inhale the cannabidiol vapour using a compatible vaping device
CBD oil for sleep: For the purposes of aiding sleep, CBD oil is a great option and an easy way of introducing CBD into your daily routine.
Our broad range of ULU organic CBD oils contain between 5% and 20% CBD so you can find the right dosage for you. They are pure, full spectrum and guaranteed to be free of pesticides, herbicides and THC.
CBD capsules for sleep: Capsules or tablets are often chosen for their ease of use. A quick and convenient source of CBD, they are a great way of incorporating CBD into a busy daily routine. Our ULU organic CBD capsules contain the highest quality pure CBD.
CBD skincare for sleep: Aches and pains can negatively impact a peaceful night’s sleep. ULU CBD muscle rub combines our powerful, organic cannabidiol with premium natural ingredients, extracts and alpha-hydroxy acids. It works to ease, soothe stress and relieve muscle aches, thus aiding your sleep.
How much CBD should I take?
Not everyone has the same tolerance to CBD so it’s important to find the dose that best suits you, starting with 15-25mg per day if you’re using it as a casual daily supplement. The key is to experiment with the dosage and take what you feel you need. Proposed regulations advise that dosages up to 70mg are safe and have not shown detrimental health issues with animal studies.
Does CBD get you high?
CBD won’t cause a ‘high’.
CBD is one of over 100 compounds found in cannabis plants, including the marijuana and hemp varieties. However, it is the THC compound in marijuana that is associated with the psychoactive ‘high’ and not the CBD. CBD products are usually extracted from hemp plants, which contain high levels of CBD and low levels of THC.
Our ULU products are entirely free of THC, having less than 0.0005%
Alongside CBD, how else can I improve my sleep?
While experiencing the benefits of CBD oil for sleep, there are additional methods you can adopt to help improve sleep patterns.
1. Find your natural sleep-wake cycle and try to stick to it as much as possible. Aim to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day, going to bed when you feel natural tired.
2. Avoid sleeping in, even at the weekend. The closer you stick to your natural cycle, the better. Equally avoid napping in the daytime. If you do, limit a nap to 15-20 minutes.
3. Expose yourself to bright sunlight in the day and always try to spend some time outside. At night, avoid screens within an hour or two of bedtime and go to sleep in a dark room. This helps to control your body’s natural production of melatonin which makes you more alert in the daytime and sleepy at night.
4. Do some form of exercise during the day. Exercise naturally improves sleep during the night, although it’s important not to exercise too close to bedtime.
5. Be aware of your eating and drinking habits. Limit caffeine and nicotine, avoid big meals at night and try not to drink too much liquid before you go to bed. Sugar and refined carbs can also trigger wakefulness at night so should be moderated.
6. Try different methods to wind down before bed. This might be a relaxing bath or an audiobook – whatever helps you to relax. Make sure your bedroom is cool, dark and quiet. If you wake in the night, try different relaxation techniques. And, if you’re a person who wakes feeling anxious about things, keep a notebook and pen on your bedside to jot it down.
While the research into CBD and sleep isn’t yet conclusive, it does show positive signs that CBD can be helpful for preventing insomnia and improving sleep quality in people prone to sleep disorders. If you’re diligent about working CBD into your daily routine and finding the ideal method of consumption and dose, you can harness the natural powers of CBD to aid your sleep.
Consider the products that best suit you, perhaps building up as you see the benefits. And remember, if you have any questions, our friendly CBD experts are just an email away.
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