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Herbal Solutions to Support Sleep

Updated: Mar 14, 2022



Trouble falling and/or staying asleep. This can be short term to last for few days to few weeks and for some it can be chronic which lasts for more than a month. But what can we do? How does this happen?


The Journey to More Sleep with CBD

Introduction


Very common (More than 3 million cases per year in US, can last several days or weeks. Itis Caused by a psychological condition such as stress, trauma, anxiety or hormonal disturbances.


Symptoms include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep Waking up during the night and being unable to return to sleep

  • Waking up earlier than desired

  • Feeling tired after a night's sleep

  • Daytime fatigue or sleepiness

  • Irritability, Depression, or anxiety

  • Poor concentration and focus

  • Tension headaches (feels like a tight band around head)

  • Difficulty socializing

  • Worrying about sleeping

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms

Causes

Insomnia usually is caused due to stress, trauma or anxiety. Few short-term causes could be due to disruptions in circadian rhythm- biological clock of sleep-wake cycle of the human body, which could be because of:

  • Working in shifts - If there is irregular change in work timings

  • Environmental noise

  • Jet lag - travelling to different time zones might disturb our sleep pattern for one or two days

  • Moving and sleeping at high altitudes

Psychological issues which cause insomnia includes:

  • Depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders and anxiety disorders

  • Medical conditions involving chronic pain

  • Hormone shifts during menstruation or menopause

Other factors may include:

  • Snoring noise of the partner

  • Overactive mind

  • Pregnancy


What Does the Research Say About CBD?


Although more studies need to be performed, some research supports the theory that CBD and cannabinoids may improve sleep. This study published in the journal, Medicines, involved 409 people with insomnia. Data was collected from June 2016 to May 2018. Participants rated their symptoms of insomnia on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most severe. Starting symptoms were rated 6.6 on average.


The participants were treated using the cannabis flower with varied combustion methods including vape, pipe, and joint. THC potency on average was 20 percent and limited to 30 percent. CBD potency was on average 5.7 percent and limited to 30 percent. After using cannabis, participants rated symptoms on average to be 2.2, which was a decrease of 4.5.


The results indicated the cannabinoids in cannabis decreased symptoms of insomnia. But the study involved using the cannabis flower, which contains several cannabinoids. It’s difficult to determine if relief from insomnia was due to CBD or another cannabinoid.


In another study published in the Permanente Journal, 72 adults with anxiety and poor sleep were involved. The participants completed anxiety and sleep assessments at the start of the study and at the first month follow up. Study participants were given 25 mg of CBD in capsule form. Those that predominantly had sleep complaints took the dose in the evening. Participants that had anxiety as their predominant complaint took CBD in the morning.


After the first month, anxiety scores decreased in 79 percent of the people. Sleep scores improved in 66 percent of the participants, which indicated less trouble sleeping. The results suggest that CBD decreased sleep difficulties in many of the participants. But while the decrease in anxiety symptoms remained steady for the duration of the study, the sleep scores fluctuated over time.


Several smaller studies have also supported the use of CBD oil to improve sleep. For example, a case study involving a 10-year-old girl with post-traumatic stress disorder and poor sleep was treated with CBD. A trial of 25 mg of a CBD supplement was administered at bedtime. An additional 6 to 12 mg of CBD was given via a sublingual spray during the day for anxiety. Sleep quantity and quality gradually improved over five months.


Though there is plenty of supporting evidence that shows CBD and canna help promote better sleep and reduces anxiety and stress.

 

Disclaimer: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

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