While millions of people have insomnia or another sleep disorder, there are many natural methods to assist in the management of sleep. Considering the fact that this can become chronic, there is definitely a bonus to finding a natural treatment rather than chemical or pharmaceutical. Recently there have been several studies that have shown CBD to be a solid treatment for sleep problems.
While most of the studies have only been conducted on lab rats, it is still inconclusive as to whether or not CBD really does act as a “miracle” sleeping pill. Otherwise, several studies have revealed positive findings:
- One 2006 study showed CBD may have an impact on the sleep mechanism (including sleep-wake cycles) of rats.
- Another study revealed that CBD may help wane-off the roots or underlying causes of insomnia. CBD is shown to fight anxiety, a common factor in causing insomnia.
- Studies of blood tests have shown that CBD oil influences the dopamine levels in our bloodstream during sleep, which may lead to a better and more relaxed sleep.
How Does CBD Affect Sleep?
Given what is known about CBD, it isn’t surprising that it does not work like typical sleep medications. In fact, some studies show it to be mildly alerting, activating some of the same receptors as caffeine. This raises the question of how can it possibly promote healthy sleep.
To understand how CBD for insomnia works on a physiological level, it is important to understand its basic chemical mechanisms as an active compound. Basically, CBD is a 100% natural chemical found in the marijuana plant. This “phytocannabinoid,” or molecule interacts with endocannabinoid receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS, which is responsible for essentially all of our homeostatic functions.
All humans produce “endocannabinoids” no matter whether we’ve ever consumed marijuana. These receptors tend to influence things like mood, depression, anxiety, appetite, pain and inflammation. Deficiency in the level of natural endocannabinoids in our body, may throw all body systems entirely out of sync.
As a sleep-promoting agent, CBD oil is known to interact with receptors, proteins, and other chemicals in the brain that influence many things, including anxiety and the sleep-wake cycles included in a quality (and healthy) night’s sleep. In fact, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) believes that anxiety disorders are a routine cause of many sleep abnormalities and disorders, including insomnia.
Research shows that the calming effects of CBD can increase overall sleep levels, reduce trouble falling asleep, improve sleep quality, and reduce insomnia. With different phases, it is generally seen that CBD oil increases sleep in the third phase, which is the “deep sleep” phase. Additionally, it shows that CBD decreases the duration of REM sleep, or the light sleep phase where dreams occur. This means people dream less, have better quality sleep, memory may be improved, and symptoms of depression may be decreased. All results of better quality sleep.
As mentioned earlier, CBD commonly works to promote alertness and activate receptors usually activated by caffeine. So, why does this promote healthy sleep? This is because healthy sleep-wake cycles depend on our state of “alertness” during the day. When appropriate doses of CBD are taken throughout the day, determined in consultation with your doctor, daytime performance is drastically improved, and the strength of the sleep-wake cycle is also improved. Naturally, this enhances the ability for the body to enter the all-important non-REM sleep cycle at night.
While much more evidence and clinical trials need to be carried out in order to better understand the precise mechanisms of CBD on various stages of the sleep-cycle, it is certainly no stretch of the imagination to hypothesize that CBD may influence chronic sleep patterns in a positive way.
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