How CBD can help you get a good night’s rest
There are few things more vital to a healthy and functioning mind and body than sleep. Most of us love to sleep. A good weekend lie-in is sometimes exactly what we need to recover from the stresses of the week and prepare for the one ahead. In the last decade there has been growing interest in the affects of CBD in aiding better quality sleep. Here’s what you need to know about using CBD to support sleep.
Anxiety — the arch enemy of good sleep
Before we tell you why CBD is good for sleep, it’s important to understand some of the factors that disrupt sleep. Anxiety and the feeling like your mind is racing is one main reasons people struggle with insomnia. CBD edibles like gummies, taken before bed can quieten the mind, allowing you to unwind from a busy day.
Research from 2014, found that CBD also improves the REM portion of sleep (the part when you’re in deep sleep) which is only 15 minutes out of every 45 minutes that you’re snoozing. Less anxiety, along with a better REM cycle helps you feel more alert, awake and well rested after a night of catching some zzs. Try Plant de Terra’s CBD gummies in Craveberry to help you grab some winks and wake up rested and recharged.
Don’t let pain keep you up
One of the major factors that keep people up at night is chronic pain. Hundreds of years ago, people on average lived into their thirties. Someone in their forties or fifties was old. Nowadays we are living longer and longer. But the human body starts to give way to age shortly after 30 – that hasn’t really changed, we’ve just gotten better at managing it. So, we inevitably pick up some aches and pains along the way.
Studies have shown that even low dosages of CBD are effective in alleviating pain and inflammation. CBD is well tolerated and has few negative side effects so many people are turning to it as an alternative to treating pain which disrupts sleep. In light of the opioid crisis, pain management with the help of CBD is a safer and healthier option. If pain is what is keeping you up, try Plant de Terra’s Bliss Balm from our body care line. It is a natural aid for headaches, tense muscles and joint stiffness.
Tips on how to use CBD safely to promote sleep
If you are considering using CBD to help with sleep, here are some tips on how to best use it and get the most out of your experience.
Talk to your doctor if you’re taking any medications. It’s always advisable to consult with a physician before starting anything new, but especially if you take other medications. You don’t know how CBD might react with something you’re taking so it’s always good to err on the side of caution.
Start slow. It might be tempting to dive in head-first with a high dosage of CBD but if you’re new to the product, we recommend taking it slow and working your way up. The effectiveness of CBD depends on several individual factors, including, height, weight, age and metabolism but it’s better to start slow and get more comfortable before moving on to a higher dose.
Don’t vape CBD. It is true that CBD will absorb in your bloodstream faster, but there can be some respiratory risks with vaping. It’s best to start CBD as safely as possible and enjoy its many benefits. We recommend using gummies and edibles instead. Edibles also might keep you asleep for longer because they slowly release CBD into your system.
Always look for high quality products. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for and with CBD, quality matters above all else. There are many products on the market that are contaminated with pesticides, or don’t have what they claim in the amounts they say they do. When looking for CBD products, always make sure you buy from a reputable seller, can access their lab reports (they should be able to provide this to you) and that all the ingredients are traceable.
If you follow these steps, you can use CBD safely and effectively to help you manage the trifecta of anxiety, pain and poor sleep. CBD can help you get some well deserved shut eye as long as you’re informed.