Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that afflicts over 3 million people per year in the US. Insomnia can be self-diagnosed, and it can be treated, but it isn’t a curable condition. Treating insomnia usually focuses on improving sleep quality. This can be done in a number of ways, both with and without the use of pharmaceuticals.
How does CBD fit in? It’s an alternative, all natural treatment option. Interestingly enough, depending upon dosage and timing, CBD has been shown to be both stimulating as well as balancing to facilitate a good night’s sleep. Is CBD the best of both worlds?
CBD, Insomnia, and Sleep Disorders
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that afflicts over 3 million people per year in the US. It can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or cause you to wake up early and not be able to get back to sleep. Insomnia can leave you feeling tired when you wake up. To make matters worse, it can also negatively effect your mood, health, work performance and quality of life. Insomnia can be self-diagnosed, and it can be treated, but it isn’t a curable condition.
At some point, many adults experience short-term (acute) insomnia, which lasts for days or weeks. It’s usually the result of stress or a traumatic event. But some people have long-term (chronic) insomnia that lasts for a month or more. Insomnia may be the primary problem, or it may be associated with other medical conditions or medications.
Treating insomnia usually focuses on improving sleep quality. This can be done in a number of ways, both with and without the use of pharmaceuticals. According to the National Sleep Foundation, insomnia treatments fall into three categories: Non-Medical (Cognitive & Behavioral) Treatments, Medical Treatments, and Alternative Treatments. Non-Medical (Cognitive & Behavioral) Treatments includes relaxation training, stimulus control, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Medical Treatments include prescription and non-prescription drugs. Alternative Treatments is where you’ll find CBD.
Regardless of the route, the goal remains the same, consistent, quality sleep. Sleep requirements vary person to person, but most adults require seven to eight hours a night.
How does CBD fit in? Interestingly enough, depending upon dosage and timing, CBD has been shown to be both stimulating as well as balancing to facilitate a good night’s sleep.
CBD has been mistakenly described as sedating. In modest doses, CBD is mildly alerting. Cannabidiol activates the same adenosine receptors as caffeine, a stimulant. But several patients with sleep issues report that ingesting a CBD-rich tincture or extract a few hours before bedtime has a balancing effect that facilitates a good night’s sleep.
There are a number of ways CBD can help you achieve a restful night of sleep. According to the Huffington Post:
CBD has the ability to reduce anxiety, which can be helpful in reducing sleep difficulties and improving sleep quality. CBD may increase overall sleep amounts, and improve insomnia, according to research. CBD has been shown to reduce insomnia in people who suffer from chronic pain.
A surprising endorsement for the sleep benefits of CBD comes from none other than “long-time Victoria’s Secret model and mother of two who’s ranked on Forbes’ list of the highest-paid women in her industry, Alessandra Ambrosio”.
As a long-time Victoria’s Secret model and mother of two who’s ranked on Forbes’ list of the highest-paid women in her industry, Alessandra Ambrosio surely has a secret stockpile of bananas (so to speak). At a Words with Friends event in Los Angeles earlier this month (she’s a huge fan of the game because she says it helps her stay connected with friends and family), the supermodel shared a surprising tip for prepping her mind, body, and soul for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show—and it’s a habit you can copy before any big event.
“The most important thing to do [to prep for the Victoria’s Secret Show] is to sleep eight hours the night before,” she said. “It’s hard because the mind gets anxious, so I try CBD oil and I think it helps.”
She isn’t the only celebrity to have endorsed CBD after personal usage. I recently covered Nick Diaz, the UFC fighter and CBD proponent and his CBD use. As more people recognize the benefits of CBD, I expect we will a growing number of similar endorsements.
If you are coping with insomnia or similar sleep disorder, then consider TheraJoy. Try applying TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve to your temples and/or chest, 30 minutes before bed. TheraJoy is always made with 99% pure CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed.
Remember, always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.