Deep, relaxing sleep is vital for good physical and mental health. It is not an exaggeration when we say that sleep deprivation is akin to intoxication.
Latest sleep statistics are shocking! The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) states that 35% of adults do not get enough sleep (for 7 hours per day). Fortune Magazine says that sleep deprivation costs $411 billion to the United States on an annual basis.
That’s not all. The NCBI (National Centre for Biotechnology Information) revealed that more than 100,000 deaths occurred due to medical errors (which happened due to sleep deprivation in doctors and medical staff).
disturbance in your circadian rhythm (such as jet lag or change in work shifts).
Pain medication and substance abuse may also lead to insomnia. Sometimes, physical diseases may also not let a person sleep well. These diseases can be:
Acute insomnia is short-term. It may last from one night to a few weeks. It may happen due to:
environmental facts (like light, noise, or uncomfortable temperature),
stress (due to death in the family, moving to another city, or loss of a job, etc.)
among other temporary things happening in one’s life.
Chronic insomnia is long-term. A person is said to have chronic insomnia when he or she is not able to sleep for at least three days per week for three months or more. It may be due to chronic stress or pain, anxiety, or depression.
Biology Of Sleep
Sleep serves many functions, such as:
it determines how neurons (nerve cells) communicate with each other,
removes toxins in the brain accumulated during the waking period.
NINDS (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stack) says that chronic lack of sleep may increase risk of:
high blood pressure,
Two biological mechanisms that regulate the sleep cycle are:
Circadian Rhythm refers to the biological clock of the body. One day for the body stretches for about 24 hours. The circadian rhythm calculates the wakefulness of the body according to the environmental cues (like light and temperature). When the body is supposed to be awake, its temperature, metabolism, and the hormonal cycle is different.
It is because of the circadian rhythm, one feels sleepy at night and wakes up in the morning.
When you travel across time zones, you experience jet lag because your circadian rhythm gets disturbed. Similarly, when you change from a day shift to a night shift, your body takes some time to adjust the circadian rhythm according to your new schedule.
The body maintains homeostasis to track the need for sleep. It regulates the intensity and duration of the sleep. As mentioned above, things can affect the sleep-wake homeostasis include:
your medical conditions,
what you eat and drink, and
The retina of the eye has specialized cells that process light. They also indicate to the brain whether it is day and night. As expected, light can make it difficult to fall asleep. Darkness may make it easier for you to sleep.
Does CBD Oil Help In Treating Insomnia?
A recent study surveyed 60 people. 18 people used CBD products. CBD users had significantly more ‘good’ quality sleep. Vaping was the most common form of CBD administration amongst the respondents.
Another study used a mobile app to track how the consumption of raw and natural cannabis flower impacted people with insomnia. It found that cannabis flowers were of significant help in improving symptoms of insomnia.
A 2018 research found that the use of cannabis is rampant in people with sleep disorders. It found that cannabidiol (CBD) deregulates the circadian rhythm in microglial cells. THC did not show this effect. Microglial cells are found in the Central Nervous System (CNS). They restore the homeostasis of the CNS when it is damaged in any way (such as due to substance abuse). The study concluded that CBD oil might be a good treatment for insomnia.
As mentioned above, chronic pain or mental health disorders may be the underlying reasons for your insomnia. CBD oil may treat these conditions and help you sleep better.
Many studies point out that CBD oil can help in treating anxiety. NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) mentioned that CBD oil helped in reducing stress in GAD (General Anxiety Disorder) rat models. A 2011 study found that 400 mg of CBD oil orally helped in reducing symptoms of SAD (Social Anxiety Disorder). CBD was also found to be helpful in PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) treatment.
A clinical review published in the Frontiers in Pharmacology found that cannabinoids can be helpful in pain treatment. It noted that the analgesic effects of cannabinoids can be due to:
inhibition of release of neurotransmitters and neuropeptides from presynaptic nerve endings,
activation of descending inhibitory pain pathways,
modulation of postsynaptic neuron excitability, and
reduction of neural inflammation.
This review noted that the use of medical cannabis for pain treatment can help in improving sleep quality in patients.
A 2014 research on four Parkison’s Disease patients found that CBD improved symptoms of RBD (REM Sleep Behavior Disorder). RBD is associated with:
A review published in 2017 also mentioned that CBD can help in RBD treatment. It also said that CBD oil might be good for sleep apnea (or excessive sleepiness during daytime).
A 2014 review mentioned that CBD promotes wakefulness in humans and animals. But they were not sure exactly how CBD does that.
How To Use CBD Oil For Sleep?
Over-the-counter (OTC) sleeping pills or prescription medications to help you sleep better have one major problem. They make you groggy. If you have babies at home or if you need to drive, they may pose a hazard to you and your family’s safety. CBD oil does not have that effect. CBD is a non-psychoactive agent. It helps in regulating your sleeping patterns without affecting your clear-headedness.
Some of the best CBD oils for insomniacs are:
WTP Hemp Natural CBD Oil Tincture
It is natural and pure. It is sourced from organic hemp grown in the USA. It uses the best extraction process in the industry. Supercritical CO2 extraction method it employs yields the cleanest and safest cannabidiol for your consumption. You can buy full-spectrum CBD oil which gives you an ‘entourage effect’ (due to the presence of other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids found in the hemp plants).
WTP Hemp oil has 97% bioavailability – the best in the industry. The nanotechnology-based emulsion process it uses breaks down CBD oil drops into tiny droplets that get easily absorbed by the body. One or two drops of the CBD oil tincture before bedtime is a good way to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep.
The dropper on the WTP Hemp CBD oil bottles makes it easier for you to measure your recommended CBD dose.
Royal CBD’s Organic CBD Oil
Like WTP Hemp, it also uses the CO2 extraction method. The organic hemp it uses is grown in Colorado farms. It adds premium-grade MCT oil as the base of its CBD oils. The third-party lab analysis proves that its products have good CBD potency and purity. It also contains higher CBN (cannabinol) that most other CBD oil brands.
The only problem with Royal CBD is that it only offers CBD oil with two potency levels. The strongest CBD concentration it offers is 500 mg of CBD per bottle (which is equal to 16.6 mg of CBD per ml of the oil).
The company also sells zero-THC CBD gummies.
Hemp Bombs CBD Oils
This company offers CBD isolate products. It means their CBD oils have zero THC and no other cannabinoids. It is less expensive than most other full-spectrum products as it does not offer the ‘entourage effect’.
The company uses 100% organic hemp imported from Europe and uses CO2 extraction process. The third-party lab analysis shows how pure and potent Hemp Bombs CBD oils are.
It may carry up to 4,000 mg of CBD per bottle. Most people suffering from insomnia do not need such a high dose of CBD. But if you have chronic insomnia or chronic pain or other psychiatric disorders accompanying your condition, you may want to try it.
CBDistillery Full-Spectrum CBD Oil
Extracted from non-GMO and pesticide-free hemp plants, CBDistillery’s CBD oil products include:
THC-free CBD oils, and
Full-spectrum CBD oils (which contains traces of THC).
The lab reports showcase the full cannabinoid profile and purity grade of each product. The company offers 5 types of CBD oils with different potency levels – ranging from 250 mg of CBD to 5,000 mg of CBD per bottle. A 1,000-mg CBD oil bottle, for example, contains up to 66.67 mg of CBD concentration per ml of CBD oil.
Highly-potent CBD oils may require you to take only 1 drop of oil before you go to bed. Start with a low dose of a less-potent CBD oil and increase your dose with caution.
The only hitch here is that the company does not mention that its oil is 100% organic.
NuLeaf Naturals CBD Oil
The full-spectrum CBD oil offered by NuLeaf Naturals is extracted using a mix of subcritical and supercritical CO2 extraction processes. It is sourced from 100% organic hemp grown in licensed Colorado farms. The laboratory test results reveal that the CBD oil products are tested for the presence of over 200 common chemicals.
Some of its oils have very high CBD potency. The most potent NuLeaf Naturals CBD oil contains 4,850 mg of cannabidiol per bottle. The least potent CBD oil bottle still contains 240 mg of CBD.
One of the pioneers in the CBD industry, NuLeaf Naturals offers CBD products for both humans and pets. One can try CBD oils with different potencies to combat different sleep disorders. Some disturbance in sleep might require you to use a low CBD dosage at a time while chronic insomnia may warrant for a high CBD dosage.
What’s The Recommended CBD Oil Dosage For Insomnia?
There’s no standardized CBD dosage for sleeping disorders at present. CBD industry is unregulated for now. The only approved CBD-based drug is Epidiolex. And it is used to treat childhood epilepsy.
The recommended CBD dosage for you to overcome sleeplessness may depend on many things, including:
your body weight,
your severity of insomnia,
CBD potency of the product (amount of CBD in milligrams per milliliter of the CBD oil),
your CBD tolerance level, and
CBD effects in your body.
In cases where you just need to promote alertness during the day, you may only need a low dose of CBD oil. Insomniacs have an unhealthy sleep-wake cycle. They find it difficult to enjoy quality sleep. They may not be able to enter the deep (non-REM) stage of the sleep. Hence, they feel:
during the daytime.
Taking a small dose of CBD oil throughout the day can help you stay alert during the day. It also helps you sleep better at night.
If small doses do not work, higher doses of CBD oil may promote sedation. It:
lowers the blood pressure,
causes you to breathe steadily, and
makes you slightly dizzy and light-headed
to help you fall asleep (or enter the first stage of sleep) easily.
Gabriel Aly suggests that adding a drop or two of CBD oil into a juice cocktail is the best CBD recipe for insomniacs. Simply mix:
1 cup of tart cherry juice,
1 cup of white grape juice,
1/2 a dropper of valerian root tincture, and
your recommended CBD oil dosage.
and drink it before bedtime. This recipe works well because, besides CBD, it contains:
Tart cherries and white grapes which are an excellent source of melatonin. Melatonin regulates the natural sleep-wake cycle in the body. More melatonin in the blood makes you sleepy.
Valerian root, which is often referred to as ‘Nature’s Valium’ and is known for its sedative effects.
You may also add CBD oil drops to your mango smoothie or chocolate espresso before going to bed to enjoy a peaceful and restful night’s sleep.