Ever been wide awake at 3:12 a.m. when you have a big day ahead? (Or even when you have nothing planned at all?) Seems there’s a lot of things that can turn your brain on in the wee hours. And after tossing and turning instead of sleeping, it’s hard to start the day feeling your best.
While good sleep is foundational to good health, insomnia is an equal-opportunity disruptor that sooner or later takes its toll on nearly all of us. It’s frustrating to have trouble sleeping, but if it happens to you, you’re not alone. More than 50 million Americans suffer from more than 80 different sleep disorders and another 20 to 30 million suffer intermittent sleep problems each year, according to SleepHealth.org.
What to do when you can't sleep
You’ve probably heard lots of advice for getting a good night’s sleep:
- Drink some chamomile tea.
- Get a workout in during the day, or at least get some fresh air.
Take a warm bath.
- Turn your electronics off an hour before you go to bed.
These are all good ideas, but many times they just don’t work. As you get more desparate about getting some quality shut-eye, you might buy some over-the-counter sleep aids, or ask your doctor for a prescription for sleeping pills. Many people swear by Benadryl as a sleep aid. But when you’re concerned about your health, you don’t want to make it a habit to take anything that could possibly have long-term side effects — not to mention the scary things some people have found themselves doing after taking prescription sleep medicine.
What about CBD? Can it actually help wih insomnia?
Many people are trying CBD as an organic, non-habit-forming way to sleep better. Often, it might be a matter of it helping to relieve the anxiety that can interfere with quality sleep. As reported by Consumer Reports, a study in The Permanente Journal from Kaiser-Permanente examined the health records of 72 patients who were treated with CBD (25 mg in capsule form) for either anxiety or poor sleep. After the first month, anxiety scores decreased in 79 percent of participants, and sleep scores improved in 66 percent.
Citing the same study, Healthline also notes that CBD can promote also help with the daytime grogginess that follows a night of sub-par sleep:
A 2014 review found that CBD could have the potential to promote wakefulness, based on both human and animal research. The authors noted they weren’t sure exactly how or why CBD promoted wakefulness in some instances.
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