CBD for Sleep and Other Tricks for Better Rest
Whether temporary or chronic, sleep deprivation is a very real problem for many people. It makes us accident prone, more irritable, and clouds our ability to think clearly. In societies that value productivity over health, getting little to no sleep is a badge of honor. “I only sleep four hours a night!” some say proudly. In reality, sleep is one of our body’s most precious resources right up there with air and water! While we can’t give you more hours in the day, we do recommend using CBD for sleep as well as a few of these other tricks to maximize the rest you do get.
CBD for Sleep
The body’s endocannabinoid system regulates many of our functions including mood, appetite and sleep. Within this system, cannabinoid receptors in the brain attach to either naturally produced cannabinoids or the cannabinoids we introduce when using cannabis. Taking CBD prior to bed increases cannabinoids in the brain and thus the tweaks the function of our endocannbinoid system.
How does it improve sleep exactly? First, it reduces pain and inflammation which cause discomfort, making it easier to rest. CBD also lessens anxiety. Racing and troubled thoughts make it hard to fall asleep. Although more research is required, it’s also thought that cannabinoids affect the sleep/wake cycle, making it more likely you’ll stay asleep longer to get those precious REM cycles. The American Sleep Association has details of studies on the effectiveness of CBD for sleep.
More Tricks for a Better Night’s Sleep
In addition to the sleep-improving health benefits of CBD, there are a few other steps you can take to get more zzz’s.
- Create and stick to a schedule. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is a way of programming your internal clock. It may take some time to adjust but stick with it. Adhering to a schedule can help reduce the number of times you wake up at night and the days you wake up too early.
- Reduce disruptions. Does an infernal ticking clock keep you awake? The red LED light on your clock or fan? Too much light in the mornings? All of these factors and more can be eliminated. Just take the time to fortify your bedroom for sleep. Buy blackout curtains, oil your ceiling fan and tape over those glowing lights. Better yet, remove electronics from your room altogether if possible!
- Ease into bed. A few puffs of a relaxing indica strain is enough to ease most people into a state of sleepiness. Avoid physical/mental activity and find a peaceful pursuit to enjoy that eliminates the day’s worries. Adult coloring, audio books, or meditation; find out what brings you peace in the evening and indulge.
- Skip naps. Avoid naps too close to the evening, but it’s better to skip them altogether. If you do nap, try to limit it to 20-30 minutes, no longer. This will reduce drowsiness that could throw off your sleep schedule.
- Don’t eat too close to bedtime. You should leave four hours for your body to digest your main meal before sleeping. Don’t snack just before bed. If you are hungry, which can also disrupt sleep, eat sleep-inducing foods like wheat toast with nut butter, a sliced apple and cheese or yogurt sprinkled with granola.