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3 Reasons For Taking CBD Oil Before Bedtime

CBD Oil Before Bed

CBD is making waves across the UK for its health and wellness supporting benefits. But, perhaps the one reason that provides the highest cause for celebration are reports that CBD can help with sleep. Just think about it for a moment – imagine going to bed and falling asleep without tossing and turning. Imagine hours of deep uninterrupted sleep, and no 4 am wake-ups when your body is exhausted, but you can’t switch off your brain…

Before we get into how CBD can help, let’s take a quick look at the conditions which contribute to insomnia and how it is affecting those living in the UK.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders?

Insomnia and sleep disorders are a huge public health problem in the UK. As many as a third of the population are severely sleep-deprived (possibly suffering from chronic insomnia) which has an impact on your health and wellness. In addition, 16 million adults, a massive two-thirds of the population, suffer from disrupted sleep.

According to the Mayo Clinic, factors that can impact sleep quality include:

  • Mental health issues, including anxiety, PTSD and depression
  • Medication, can disrupt the body’s circadian rhythms
  • Physical conditions, including pain, inflammation and restless leg syndrome
  • Caffeine, especially when consumed late afternoon or in the evening
  • Environmental factors, including loud noises, light pollution or an uncomfortable bed

Sleeplessness causes millions of people to turn to over-the-counter sleep medication or prescription sleeping aids for relief, but these can have a further negative impact on your quality of life, especially when taken over an extended period of time. With more people seeking out natural alternatives, CBD is the ideal solution as it offers a natural, safe, non-addictive way to address your sleep disorder.

How Does CBD Work?

CBD interacts with receptors throughout your body in the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for maintaining balance in the body (homeostasis). It affects a number of physiological processes linked to sleep, including your immune system, your hormone levels, pain receptors and sleep/wake cycles.

In addition to offering a number of health benefits, such as treating epilepsy and providing relief for chronic pain, there is also a growing body of evidence to suggest that it can help you get a good night’s sleep.

Endocannabinoid system, image courtesy of Harvard Health Publishing (2021).

How Can CBD Help With Insomnia?

When you’ve addressed the environmental factors (and reduced your afternoon caffeine intake), you can turn your attention to addressing some of the other underlying factors, and that’s where CBD comes in.

Reviews examining how CBD oil affects people living with insomnia show positive outcomes are confirmed by leading medical professionals such as Peter Grinspoon, M.D., professor at Harvard Medical School. In a blog post published by Grinspoon, he said that “for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.”

This perspective has been supported by a peer-reviewed study in The Permanente Journal that monitored the sleep patterns of patients over a period of three months while taking CBD Oil Before Bedtime. The researchers found, on average, that the sleep quality of the patients improved over time. This may mean that continued CBD consumption offers long-term relief for those with chronic insomnia. The study concluded that “in this evaluation, CBD appears to be better tolerated than routine psychiatric medication”, with 67% of patients experiencing an improvement in sleep at the end of the first month, and 56% reporting an improvement after the second month when compared with the first month.

CBD Oil for Anxiety and Stress

Anxiety and stress are often at the root of a sleep disorder. CBD is linked to regulating the stress hormone cortisol, essential for non-REM sleep cycles. A case study review of the available literature has shown that CBD is helpful for disorders related to anxiety and increases sleep quality.

CBD for Physical Conditions

REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD) is another condition that CBD can help address. Characterised by nightmares and restlessness, RBD can be safely treated with CBD. According to one study, patients treated with CBD experienced a marked increase in sleep quality. While the exact cause of the disorder is unknown, it offers occurs in association with a degenerative neurological condition (such as Parkinson’s Disease), the symptoms of which may also be treated with CBD.

CBD Oil for Pain and Inflammation

For people with painful conditions, it can be very difficult to get a good night’s sleep. CBD oil can help reduce sleeplessness caused by pain as it addresses the underlying symptoms, rather than working as a sedative. CBD can be used for chronic pain and pain that is difficult to treat such as headaches, migraines, multiple sclerosis and arthritis.

What Is the Best Approach to Using CBD to Reduce Insomnia?

While the best dosage and method will vary from person to person depending on factors such as your sleep condition, your metabolism and your weight, many people start with taking a lower dose of CBD an hour or two before bed.

You can then gradually increase the amount until you find a dose that works for you. It is important to keep in mind that much of the research points to the cumulative effect of CBD where you might not notice an immediate difference and, for many, it can take a month to see any changes to your sleep quality.

It is often helpful to track your sleep to see what effect CBD is having on your sleep. Things to measure include:

  • How long it takes you to fall asleep
  • How many times you wake up in the night, an
  • How long you sleep for

Either a journal or a sleep app can help you identify a pattern and notice how your CBD dosage affects your sleep quality and quantity.

Whether you have insomnia, struggle with disrupted sleep or would categorise yourself as experiencing poor quality sleep, CBD is here to help turn things around. If you live in the UK, there’s a good chance that you fall into the 67% of the population that is already struggling to go to sleep and stay asleep.

CBD can help relieve the symptoms that may be causing your sleeplessness, support your other health and wellness goals at the same time and, best of all, it’s a safe, non-toxic, non-addictive solution that you can take long-term.

When to Take CBD Oil for Sleep?

Anxiety & Stress

Anxiety and stress can keep many people awake at night. Taking CBD for sleep will combat this. For example, if you have a big event in the morning, you may feel a sense of restlessness and alertness that inhibits your ability to get some much-needed rest. CBD oil contains omega-3 fatty acids which have the potential to alleviate anxiety. If you take a few drops of CBD oil a couple of hours before bedtime, the oil will have time to enter your bloodstream and start displaying therapeutic benefits.

Inflammation

Omega-3 supplementation can also control and regulate inflammation in the body. If you are someone that suffers from inflammation, you could take a few drops of CBD oil a few hours before bedtime to see whether it helps you to sleep easier at night. The potential of omega-3 supplementation as an anti-inflammatory has been well documented, but more research is needed to understand its potential in specific products like CBD oil.

Pain Relief

The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD oil could offer pain relief to those that are suffering from different types of pain, including chronic and neuropathic pain. As we said earlier, these anti-inflammatory properties all stem from the omega-3 fatty acids in CBD oil. This really is the core ingredient behind the potential therapeutic benefits of CBD oil.

These products have been tested by third-party, independent quality control analysts via a vigorous process, and the full ingredients list and certifications are available to view on the specific product pages. In addition to this, the Banned Substance Control Group (BSCG) has awarded us gold certification meaning our oil is 100% THC-free.

If you’re considering using CBD to help manage Raynaud’s phenomenon, there are some key things to consider.

  • Medications: CBD has the potential to interact with certain medications, so it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before taking CBD.
  • Type of CBD: Broad-spectrum CBD is a great option for those who want to experience the effects of CBD without consuming THC, the psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant. Clinical reports suggest that broad or full-spectrum CBD may have a better effect due to the number of cannabinoids and other plant compounds they contain that work together, otherwise known as the entourage effect
  • Type of Product: CBD products come in various forms, such as oilstopicals, capsules, edibles, and vape pens, so you should choose a delivery method and dosage that suits your needs.
  • Dosage: Finding the right dose and administration method can be a trial-and-error process as results can vary significantly from person to person. Start with a low dose and gradually increase it while monitoring its effects.
  • Source and Quality: Choose CBD derived from organically grown hemp, as this ensures minimal exposure to harmful chemicals. You should also look for third-party laboratory reports to verify how pure and potent your product is, and to ensure there are no contaminants.
  • Individual Variability: The effectiveness of CBD may vary from person to person; what works for one individual may not work for another.

In conclusion, CBD emerges as a promising ally in the pursuit of better sleep and overall wellness. The prevalence of insomnia and sleep disorders in the UK requires an effective solution, and CBD offers a natural, non-addictive alternative. By leveraging its interaction with the endocannabinoid system, CBD addresses various underlying factors contributing to sleep disturbances, from anxiety and stress to pain and inflammation. Supported by studies and testimonials, CBD demonstrates its potential to improve sleep quality and duration, offering hope for the millions grappling with sleep issues.

Need additional help? Take our CBD Quiz for product recommendations in minutes, or read our full guides on How to Choose the Right CBD Product and The Different Types of CBD. Want to learn more? Read our blog post on CBD Instead of Alcohol: Why CBD Mocktails Will Replace Alcohol.

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