Can't Sleep? Catch Some Zzzs With CBD
By: Melissa A. Kay
For those who have trouble sleeping, counting sheep is as good a solution as drinking a Venti Starbucks before bed. The tossing and turning is exasperating, and if you sleep with a snorer, the aggravation is two-fold. From outside noise to too much light to the bed not being good enough for your Goldilocks standards, insomnia is a serious issue.
Not only does your night seem to go on forever as you watch the clock move in slow motion, but the next day, you're far from your peak. Your reactions are slower, you feel physically drained, and your mind is all over the place – if you can even think at all. Sleep is super important, so any hours spent awake in bed are precious ones you won't get back. And no, "making them up" over the weekend doesn't exactly work.
What to do? Sleeping pills are popular, but they can become addictive. Plus, if they haven't fully worn off by breakfast, you can be impaired and potentially dangerous if you must drive to work or school. Some folks try meditation to put their mind at ease, but if you don't have the time or the willpower to reach Zen before ten, the idea is all theory and never practiced. Sipping herbal tea is tasty, but it doesn't soothe everyone to sleep as the pleasant picture on the box demonstrates. If anything, it makes you have to run to the bathroom at 3am, just as you were finally about to drift off into dreamland. CBD, on the other hand, has proven effective, helping people hit the sack without the trouble they've experienced time and time again.
One major reason people can't sleep is due to stress and anxiety. When there's so much on your mind, falling asleep is difficult. We try to resolve problems, think of solutions, and worry about what will happen tomorrow rather than falling asleep as we ought to. We dwell on the past, replay scenarios in our heads, and punish ourselves or others needlessly and endlessly. All this brain activity promotes a pattern of feeling wound-up and wide awake. It's hard to feel peaceful when your brain is overloaded with ideas and agendas. CBD can help calm your nerves, release your angst, and allow you to compartmentalize your conundrums so you can shut your eyes and do what is supposed to come naturally.
As per Harvard Medical School, "CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep." And the American Sleep Association (ASA) notes, "Some research indicates that the cannabinoid CBD may interact with specific (brain) receptors potentially affecting the sleep/wake cycle. Additionally, CBD may also decrease anxiety and pain, which can both interfere with restful sleep. By reducing certain symptoms, it's also possible that sleep may improve."
If you spend night after night lying awake wondering how you'll survive the next day feeling so sleepy, give CBD a try. A small dose before bedtime should do the trick, allowing you to relax and finally feel refreshed the next day. It's non-addictive so you won't need to rely on it, and perhaps you'll one day find that you're able to sleep soundly without it. That said, CBD offers a world of additional health benefits for the mind and body, so feel confident continuing with your evening CBD routine. Sweet dreams!
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