Sleep and Insomnia - Can CBD Help?

Quality sleep is essential to achieving and maintaining good physical and psychological health. However, many people suffer from sleep deprivation, with the worldwide prevalence of insomnia falling between 10% and 30%. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a relatively new treatment for insomnia and may be safely used by people who need help falling and staying asleep. CBD can also be explored as a safe alternative to habit-forming sleep medications such as benzodiazepines and sleep sedatives. Here’s a closer look at the benefits of CBD for sleep.

CBD Reduces Anxiety

Anxiety and stress are the top causes of insomnia. If you've ever tossed and turned in bed, unable to turn off your brain, you know what we're talking about. It's not surprising that now, with so much in the world to be stressed about (CoronaVirus, Homeschooling, the presidential election, etc. etc.), more people than ever are suffering from sleep-related issues and insomnia. CBD can help relax your braind and help you fall asleep more easily.  CBD helps regulate cortisol — a stress hormone that drives anxiety. In a study published in the Permanente Journal, researchers examined the effects of CBD on patients with sleep and anxiety disorders and found that CBD led to significant improvements in anxiety symptoms and sleep scores within one month.

CBD Offers Pain Relief

Chronic pain can make it extremely difficult to feel comfortable and to fall and stay asleep. CBD is naturally anti-inflammatory and, research suggests, it interacts with your Endocannabinoid system to actually reduce pain. CBD is a natural alternative to prescription medication that can reduce inflammation and relieve pain associated with medical conditions including arthritis, fibromyalgia, and migraines. When you feel relief from symptoms of pain, your body can more easily fall asleep, and stay asleep through the night, without the potential risk of dependence or addiction associated with other types of pain relievers.

CBD May Soothe Sore Muscles

Muscle aches, muscle tension, and muscle soreness can all contribute to a poor, restless night’s sleep. People who frequently increase the intensity of their workouts may experience muscle soreness from time to time, as well as those with jobs that require them to lift heavy loads, sit at a computer for long periods of time or otherwise use their bodies in uncomfortable ways.  CBD can help muscles relax and reduce inflammation contributing to muscle pain and soreness so people can experience a better night’s sleep. Some CBD products for muscle soreness also contain other natural pain relievers such as arnica, ginger, comfrey root, lobelia, willow bark and cayenne to provide extra relief.

CBD May Eliminate Nightmares

Nightmares and night terrors are commonly triggered by stress and anxiety, as well as by factors including trauma, heavy alcohol use, and certain medications. Nightmares can jolt people awake in the middle of the night, trigger more anxiety, and make it difficult to fall back asleep right away. CBD may be used to help reduce or eliminate nightmares. Results from a study published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics showed that patients with REM sleep behavior disorder (a sleep disorder characterized by restlessness and nightmares) experienced a fast and substantial reduction in the frequency of nightmares when treated with CBD.

CBD May Relieve Pregnancy Symptoms

Insomnia and sleep deprivation are common in pregnancy on behalf of symptoms such as nausea, stress, muscle soreness, baby movements, and weight gain. CBD products may help relieve many of these pregnancy symptoms and prevent the need for other medications that can have unwanted or harmful side effects. CBD may also be safely used after pregnancy to relieve postpartum pain and aches related to childbirth, and it is not known to pass into breast milk when used topically. Pregnant women should consult with their midwives or doctors before using CBD, as CBD may interfere with certain supplements and medications. Additionally, there are few studies supporting the efficacy and safety of CBD during pregnancy; therefore, women should practice caution before using CBD without prior approval. Are you having trouble sleeping through the night? Mind won't stop racing? CBD might be the perfect addition to your nightly routine. At Good Jane we offer multiple remedies of CBD to help you find what works best for you. Whether it's topical like Pain Pain Go Away, a soak with Crown Chakra Bath Bomb, or orally with Nighty Night, Good Jane has you covered. Kiss those sleepless nights goodbye and sleep tight with Nighty Night.