Could CBD be the Answer to Your Sleep Woes?
Few things are as important to both your physical and mental health as a good night’s sleep.
Yet more than 30% of adults suffer from insomnia. That number rises to between 40% and 60% for those age 60 and older.
Another statistic says that more than 10 million people use a prescription sleep aid in the United States – even with the long list of side effects that those medications often come with.
Clearly, lack of sleep is a big problem for many people around the globe and in today’s rapid-paced, stressful world it’s likely to affect even more people in the future with drastic consequences to their health and quality of life.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.”
Unfortunately, fail to get quality sleep consistently and you can experience a number of physical and mental health problems.
For instance, studies show that sleep deficiency alters activity in some parts of the brain. If you're sleep deficient, you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change. Sleep deficiency also has been linked to depression, suicide, and risk-taking behavior.
Sleep also plays an important role in your physical health.
Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
Sleep deficiency also increases the risk of obesity and can result in a higher than normal blood sugar level, which may increase your risk for diabetes.
A recent article in USA Today indicates that sleep experts now believe “insufficient sleep promotes hunger and appetite, which can cause excessive food intake resulting in weight gain.” The article goes on to say that “research has showed that when study participants didn't get enough sleep for five days, they consumed more carbohydrates and gained nearly 2 pounds in that time.”
Your immune system also relies on sleep to stay healthy. Ongoing sleep deficiency can change the way in which your immune system responds, for example you may have trouble fighting common infections.
In addition, lack of sleep can impact your performance at work, at school and in athletic competitions.
Studies have shown that people who are sleep deficient are less productive at work and school. They take longer to finish tasks, have a slower reaction time, and make more mistakes.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “after several nights of losing sleep – even a loss of just 1–2 hours per night – your ability to function suffers as if you haven't slept at all for a day or two.”
In other words, your parents were right: getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do.
What is the right amount of sleep to get? Experts now believe that 7 hours instead of 8 may be the ideal amount.
An article on www.today.com says “People who sleep between 6.5 and 7.4 hours had lower mortality rates, according to a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry in 2002. A 2011 study of 450 elderly women found that those who slept less than four hours but more than 6.5 had a higher mortality.”
So with all that said …
In a recent nationally representative Consumer Reports survey, about 10 percent of Americans who reported trying CBD said they used it to help them sleep, and a majority of those people said it worked.
Joseph Maroon, M.D., a clinical professor and neurosurgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center told Consumer Reports in a story on its website: “CBD has properties that could help some people sleep better. Most notably, it appears to ease anxiety and pain, both of which can make it harder to fall asleep or stay asleep.”
Wait, there’s more:
A new study entitled, “Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series” suggests CBD might help people with short-term sleep problems.
CBD, by the way, stands for Cannabidiol, which is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant.
So while the research is still relatively new and sparse, it does appear that using CBD as a sleep aid may be promising for many.
If you do decide to use CBD, be sure to buy it from a reputable provider like Sarah’s Blessing of London.
Recent studies have shown that many CBD providers offer cheap versions of the product that contain potentially harmful fillers and some don’t even contain the promised CBD at all.
Sarah’s Blessing has built a sterling reputation online for providing high quality CBD formulations.
The company sources its CBD from Switzerland where it is obtained from hemp plants grown without any fertilizers or pesticides.
Sarah’s Blessing offers:
All of the company’s CBD is full-spectrum (meaning you get whole plant benefits) and obtained through a unique CO2 extraction process for maximum potency.
One more thing, the company’s CBD comes from the hemp plant and not its cousin the marijuana plant. Using the hemp plant ensures less than 0.2% of THC, the chemical that causes marijuana users to get high. Most people would probably not want to get high when they are trying to go to sleep.
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If you are having a lot of difficulty sleeping, here are some additional tips that you can try while you wait for your CBD from Sarah’s Blessing to arrive:
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