CBD For SLEEP
Sleep is incredibly overlooked and often ignored when improving wellbeing. Just like food, sleep is an important fuel that not only gives us energy but is a prevention against ill health. Let’s explore some of the reasons why you should be getting a better night’s sleep and how CBD oil could help you in doing so!
Reduced concentration and productivity
Sleep is crucial for various aspects of brain function. This includes concentration, productivity, cognition and performance All of these are negatively affected by sleep deprivation.
A study on medical students provides a good example. Students on a traditional schedule with extended work hours of more than 24 hours made 36% more serious medical errors than students on a schedule that allowed more sleep
Another study has found that limited sleep can negatively impact some aspects of brain function to a similar degree as alcohol intoxication. On the other hand, good sleep has been shown to improve problem-solving skills and enhance memory performance of both children and adults.
Risk of health complications
There are some pretty nasty outcomes for simply not getting enough sleep. Studies have shown that those who have a reduced amount of sleep, in comparison to those who sleep for more than 7 hours each night, are at higher risks of heart attacks and strokes.
Sleep could increase your chances of developing diabetes. Experiments into sleep restriction has shown to affect blood sugar and reduces insulin sensitivity. A study was conducted on younger men to restrict their sleep to 4 hours per night for 6 days, they then showed signs of prediabetes, however, this reversed after a week of unrestricted sleeping. This shows that sleep plays an important role in regulating blood sugar levels. Those sleeping less than six hours per night have repeatedly been shown to be at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
Depression & Mental Wellness
It has been estimated that 90% of people who are depressed complain of poor sleep quality. That’s no coincidence. Poor sleep quality can result in low mood, physical and mental fatigue. Depression is also very common among those with sleeping disorders.
Reduced athletic performance
Poor sleep has a real effect on athletes, with reaction times and abilities to make quick decisions impaired hugely. Studies indicate that sleep deprivation is linked to increased levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. A lack of sleep can largely impact mental wellness and therefore put athletes in a threat state as opposed to a challenge state.
A reduction in sleep length and quality can also lengthen recovery time of muscles, often leading to fatigue.
What is CBD?
CBD is compound extracted from the Cannabis sativa plant, a species within the cannabis family, which is naturally low in THC. THC is the compound that essentially causes people to feel ‘high’ and is what is illegal. The legal limit of THC within CBD in the UK is 0.2%, however broad spectrum suppliers like ourselves contain 0% THC which is more appropriate and safer for people who may experience frequent and sensitive drug testing.
Cannabinoids (CBD) have gained a lot of attention from researchers, due to the many possible benefits. In the 1960’s the first cannabinoids were discovered, and they have been incorporated in medicine for centuries. Our bodies actually produce their own cannabinoids, as part of what’s known as the endocannabinoid system. This system is involved in regulating many physiological processes, including mood, pain perception, appetite, and cognitive functions. CBD interacts in part with the body’s endocannabinoid system and its receptors, meaning by taking supplementary CBD we are enhancing this system.
There are many medical alternatives to CBD available on the market, however a majority are synthetically produced and therefore not a natural remedy. For example, over the counter pain killers such as Ibuprofen have been linked to kidney failure due to overusing. With many options like this becoming a part of our everyday use, it’s about time we started looking for a more holistic, natural and safe alternative.
Can CBD help?
One of the most common uses for CBD is to improve sleep, and in short CBD can improve sleep. CBD does have the ability to reduce anxiety, which can be helpful in reducing sleep difficulties and improving sleep quality. Many of those struggling to sleep, experience an inability to ‘switch off’ at night. CBD may increase overall sleep per night, and improve insomnia, according to research. CBD has been shown to reduce insomnia in people who suffer from chronic pain.
In smaller doses, CBD stimulates alertness and reduces daytime sleepiness, which is important for daytime performance and for the strength and consistency of the sleep-wake cycle.
To summarise sleep is an integral part of our wellbeing with this in mind it’s hard to understand why it is not a priority. Better sleep is essential to everyone, it effects both our physical and mental state, and prevents us from achieving our best. CBD has shown strong signs of being a brilliant aid to sleep,as well as many other benefits, and has a large frequency of testimonials to support this. The ability to reduce anxiety CBD has, means that not only can sleep quality be improved the length too.