How often have you lain in bed, tossing your covers off, pulling them back on a moment later, fidgeting until you start wondering if you will ever sleep again in your life? You’re not alone. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that a third of adults in the United States report being sleep deprived. Sadly, Canadians are no different as 35 per cent of Canadians reported suffering from sleep related disorders.
Researchers recommend that adults get at least seven to nine hours of sleep a night to maintain their health. So, such a large proportion of adults losing precious hours of sleep is a serious concern. One of the alternative sleep aids researchers are looking at is CBD.
Read on to learn how CBD can help you sleep better at night.
What is CBD and how does it work?
CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, a compound found in the cannabis plant. Unlike its counterpart THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol), it non-psychoactive which means it doesn’t get you high. Most CBD is isolated from hemp or the non-psychoactive parts of the plant.
The endocannabinoid system in our bodies helps control the various hormones that regulate various functions like appetite and digestion, metabolism, pain receptors, moods, and more. CBD binds to the endocannabinoid receptors in our bodies to help regulate the various functions.
The hypothalamus in our brains is like the control center for our bodies. It regulates our nervous systems and our circadian rhythms (aka sleep cycles) And guess what? It’s chock-a-block with endocannabinoid receptors.
Causes of sleep disorders
Not everyone goes to a doctor to get formally diagnosed as to why they aren’t sleeping well. It’s highly recommended you do so if you haven’t been sleeping well for a while. In general, little things that happen in our everyday lives, along with bigger events can lead to irregular sleep cycles. Stress, anxiety, or changing sleep cycles due to shift work or travel can all be behind insomnia.
CBD and Sleep Regulation
Research shows that low doses of CBD increases alertness while higher doses of CBD can act as a sedative.
- Stress: When you’re stressed, your body’s regulating hormones go into overdrive, preparing it to stay alert to impending danger. CBD works with your hypothalamus to regulate your hormones to their healthy levels so you can get a better night’s sleep.
- Anxiety: Anxiety can play havoc with your emotions and bring unwanted thoughts to the forefront of your mind when you are trying to get some sleep. CBD acts as a calming agent, pushing away intrusive thoughts, to help you drift off to sleep.
- Sleep Cycle Disorders: CBD can also help bring your body clock back on track when it is disrupted by binding with the endocannabinoid receptors in your hypothalamus.
CBD Gummies to Aid Sleep
Apeiron’s Vegan Broad Spectrum CBD Gummies contain 25mg of Broad-Spectrum CBD that gives you all the benefits of CBD without the psychoactive properties of THC. Especially designed to help you relax, these gummies are best taken 30 minutes before bedtime to help you get a better night’s sleep. You can take up to two gummies. However, we suggest starting with a low dose and seeing how that works for you first.
About Apeiron North Fields
Apeiron North Fields is a Hemp Health and Wellness business located in Central Wisconsin that specializes in custom CBD products as well as carrying a full line of tincture, topical, edible, and smokable hemp products along with specialized CBD products just for pets.
Product Safety: All the products available at Apeiron North Fields are tested for their ingredients by an external laboratory to make sure that we deliver the highest-quality products. The results can be viewed on our COA page.