Having trouble getting to sleep at night or waking up feeling unrested in the morning? Studies show that using CBD may help you wind down at the end of the night, ease anxiety and stress, and get a better night's sleep.
CBD stands for cannabidiol. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in cannabis plants such as hemp. CBD comes from industrial hemp, which contains minimal amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound responsible for the high that comes along with cannabis.
This means that you can benefit from all the potential therapeutic effects of cannabinoids like reduced inflammation, pain relief, anxiety without experiencing any psychoactive effects or getting “high.”
How does using CBD before bed help you sleep better?
Most people don't get enough sleep. It's not just a problem for adults, but children and teens as well.
CBD is a natural bioactive compound derived from hemp that can potentially help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up feeling more refreshed.
Not only can it aid in better quality sleep at night (which in turn helps with stress relief), but it can also be used during the day to reduce anxiety and stress.
Here are some of the potential benefits of using CBD before bed.
Reduces pain and inflammation
CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and has been found to reduce chronic pain, joint inflammation, and muscle soreness.
Multiple studies have shown that CBD can block certain pain receptors in the brain; less pain and inflammation mean you sleep better at night.
When you're sleeping better, your body and mind can repair tissues that have been damaged during the day. This is why it’s so important to get a good night's sleep!
Eases stress and anxiety
Anxiety and stress are known to cause insomnia because they raise cortisol and adrenaline levels in our bodies, making it difficult for us to relax enough to fall asleep.
As a result, we often end up tossing and turning at night, unable to get comfortable or wind down properly.
CBD may help with both.
With regular use of CBD before bed, studies show that it may lower the levels of these hormones while calming you down to give you a great night's sleep.
Boosts your body's own naturally produced endocannabinoids
Endocannabinoids are naturally produced chemicals that act on cannabinoid receptors in the body.
Studies show that supplementing with phytocannabinoids (plant cannabinoids) can help to boost the natural ones being produced in our bodies already.
These receptors help regulate things such as sleep, pain, memory, appetite, and mood – all good reasons to put CBD on your bedside table!
The Endocannabinoid System plays a major role in both brain function and regulation of stress responses.
A natural alternative to traditional sleep aids
Life as we know it is busier than ever, and more and more people are turning to sleep aids before bed.
However, many are concerned about the addictive properties and potential side-effects, specifically next-day grogginess from these medications.
CBD is a natural alternative to common sleep aids like Ambien or Lunesta. Both have harmful side effects, including drowsiness the next day, nausea, dizziness, headache, brain fog and dependency issues.
Can help improve your mood and boost serotonin
Studies show that CBD may help boost serotonin levels in the brain, which acts as a natural anti-depressant.
Depression and anxiety are linked with poor quality sleep; studies show that regular CBD use may help with both. This is due to how CBD interacts with receptors in the brain, which help regulate mood and emotion.
Doesn't leave you groggy in the morning
Many people experience a groggy feeling the next morning after taking traditional sleep aids.
CBD, however, doesn't leave you feeling groggy or sedated in the morning. It does not create a high in users like THC does and can be taken at any point in the day.
CBD is not addictive
One of the biggest things people worry about when taking sleep aids is whether or not they will become addicted to them. Unlike many other sleep aids on the market, CBD does not cause dependency or addiction and can be taken daily.
CBD comes with minimal side effects
CBD is known to have minimal side effects. The most common are fatigue, dry mouth, nausea, headache and lightheadedness.
These side effects are more likely to happen when you take a higher dose of CBD than what your body needs; it is important to learn how to dose your CBD properly to avoid unwanted side effects.
When should I take CBD before bed?
CBD oils and tinctures can start to take effect within 10-15 minutes, and last for about 6 hours, sometimes longer. These can be taken around 1/2 hour before you go to bed.
Edible CBD products like gummies and capsules take longer to feel the effects. This is because they must first pass through the digestive system before it actually reaches your bloodstream.
These can take anywhere from 30 minutes up to 2 hours to fully kick in, so it is best to give yourself a good amount of time before bed when you take them.
Try experimenting with different CBD doses and methods over a week or two, taking them at various times before bed. This will give you a more accurate depiction of which way works best for you.
How much CBD should I take before bed to help with sleep?
Dosing with CBD can be a bit tricky, especially for beginners. If you take too much CBD, it may result in unwanted side effects such as anxiety or excessive tiredness. If you don't take enough, then you won't receive the full benefits from your CBD dose.
So how much should YOU be taking before bed?
The best way to go about it is by starting off at a low dose and gradually increasing it until you find what works best for you personally.
This may take a bit of adjusting over a week or two, but by doing it this way you ensure you aren't wasting your CBD by taking too much of it, and you can find your "sweet spot" with CBD; the dose that is just right.
It is recommended to start with 5-10mg twice daily and build upon that as needed.
What type of CBD works best to help with sleep?
In order to make it easier on customers when deciding which product is best for them, we break down the various types of CBD into three categories:
Full Spectrum: Contains all the beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes that are naturally found in hemp plants. Provides a more holistic approach to wellness with its full spectrum of cannabinoids such as CBN, CBG, CBC.
Broad Spectrum: contains the majority of cannabinoids and terpenes found in Full Spectrum CBD, but the THC has been removed to the point that it is undetectable on a drug test.
CBD Isolate: Pure CBD that has been refined to provide the highest potency of CBD; no other cannabinoids or terpenes remain.
We recommend going with Full Spectrum CBD, as it provides the most benefits, and typically the best results. Many sleep CBD formulas contain melatonin as well, which can be very effective when used properly.
We know from research that CBD interacts with the body's endogenous Endocannabinoid System, which is a network of receptors that manage our mood, appetite, sleep and other processes.
This means that CBD has the ability to help regulate how we sleep by interacting with our bodies' naturally occurring systems. One way this happens is by encouraging natural melatonin production in the brain.
Considering how melatonin works with our bodies to regulate sleep cycles, the connection between CBD and melatonin seems like a logical fit.
CBD and Melatonin for Sleep
Melatonin is a hormone that regulates your sleep cycle by signalling to your body that it's time to wind down and go to sleep.
Our bodies naturally produce melatonin with the help of light and darkness; more specifically, we are able to produce large amounts of melatonin when there is a lack of exposure to light in the environment.
Since humans have adapted over time to having regular sleeping habits, we are exposed to a lot more artificial lights after dark than what is natural for us, meaning that there isn't as much production of melatonin as before.
In fact, most people don't go completely dark anymore; instead, they use various forms of lighting at night which limits the natural production of this hormone.
When taken at bedtime, melatonin can help promote more peaceful slumber and better quality of sleep overall. Without enough of this important hormone, we can experience disrupted sleep; this can then lead to a number of issues with our day-to-day lives.
The combination of CBD and melatonin can be a powerful duo for creating quality sleep. They interact synergistically to promote a healthy regulation of the sleep-wake cycle and improve the overall quality of sleep.
Final thoughts on using CBD before bed
Getting a good night's rest each night significantly impacts your overall health and quality of life.
CBD can provide sleep benefits in many ways. We know from research that it interacts with the body's Endocannabinoid System to help promote a healthy regulation of the sleep-wake cycle and to improve the quality of sleep.
Taking CBD before bed may also help to soothe your anxieties and keep you from waking up during the night.
Do you use CBD to help you sleep? Tell us about it in the comments below!