Trouble getting a restorative night’s rest? Insomniac? Stress or Anxiety keeping you up night after night? According to the CDC a Third of American Adults usually get less than recommended amount of sleep, which for Adults is Seven hours or more a night.
More importantly, not getting enough sleep can lead to many chronic health conditions. Also, lack of sleep can lead to motor vehicle crashes and workplace accidents. So if you are one of the millions that suffer from a poor night’s sleep, this is a must read.
In this Article, We will Answer:
- What are the most prevalent Sleep Disorders?
- What is Melatonin?
- What is CBD Oil and how does it work?
- Can Melatonin with CBD Oil help you get a better night’s sleep?
- What are some Tips that we can do to achieve Better Sleep?
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it challenging to fall asleep, to stay asleep for long periods, or cause you to wake prematurely and not allow you to get back to sleep. This inability to initiate or maintain sleep can be devastating for these sufferers.
From constant daytime grogginess and an inability to focus. This condition can last for days, weeks, or even longer. As with all disorders consult your healthcare professional so they can rule out any other underlying causes.
Narcolepsy is a more rare condition in the U.S. affecting less than 20,000 Americans, according to Focus Medica. This disorder is characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, hard to mentally task and focus, sleep paralysis, diminished alertness, and hallucinations.
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) “The Jimmy Legs”; This causes annoying sensations in the legs and the immediate urge to move them or rub them to relieve the discomfort. Similar to muscle spasms. This affects about 10% of Americans, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. With at least 80% of these people also having Periodic Limb Movement of Sleep (PLMS), which causes limbs to jerk and twitch during sleep.
Sleep Apnea is a condition that affects 1 in 5 older adults, according to AARP. This is when the person is gasping or snorting while sleeping and usually includes snoring. It is defined by the stopping and starting of breathing while you are asleep, and obviously is a serious issue. Likely, the most overlooked of all sleep issues. Many people who identify this condition use a CPAP machine to deliver constant airway pressure.
This is not an exhaustive list, but most of the identifiable sleep disorders. A few others are sleep deprivation, night terrors, Long sleeping, and Jaw/Teeth Grinding.
WHAT IS MELATONIN?
Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by your body in the pineal gland in your brain. It tends to increase production in the evening due to darkness. It tends to peak around midnight to 3 a.m. and is approximately ten times higher at night than in the day. This hormone helps you maintain your sleep-wake cycle or Circadian biological clock.
It is also made synthetically and can be purchased without a prescription. In its natural form it can be harvested from the brains of cows (ugh).
Taking a melatonin supplement is suppose to mimic the function of the natural hormone produced in your body. This generally kicks in about 20-30 minutes after taking it and causes drowsiness.
WHAT IS CBD OIL?
CBD or Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring chemical found in the hemp plant. It is one of 113 or so identified chemicals in the plant and we call these phytocannabinoids. Another well known phytocannabinoid is THC, the chemical that gives the user a “high” like that found in Marijuana.
Unlike Marijuana the Hemp plant is bred for industrial use and because of this has low levels of THC, 0.3% or less. Furthermore, most CBD Brands will even filter out this tiny amount to make their oils completely THC-Free. So don’t worry about any CBD Oil made from Hemp getting you high or altering your mind in any delirious manner.
This is still the major confusion surrounding the use of CBD Oil.
HOW DOES CBD OIL WORK?
CBD Oil works within your Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This is a cell-signaling system that lies around your central nervous system, and it is in most organs, muscles and even your brain. The ECS is responsible for your homeostasis functions.
I.E. you have a hunger pain in your stomach, you need to eat something in order to sustain your life. That’s your ECS at work. Another example is you have a fever and begin to sweat to cool down, again thank-you ECS!!
Now these phytocannabinoids interact with your body’s ECS receptor sites. They do not fit into these receptors, but act like a key and lock system.
The Key – Allowing helpful compounds to enter
The Lock – keeping harmful compounds out
For Example, you have knee discomfort and take some cbd oil to temporarily block that irritation signal.
TIPS FOR A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP
- Exercise! Being more active in the day can help your body fall asleep more easily at night.
- Avoid caffeinated beverages like coffee or soda before bed, as well as eating a large meal or drinking alcohol.
- Develop a Routine. Try to get to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time in the morning. Try a bedtime checklist or journal.
- Tranquil Atmosphere. Make your bedroom dark and quiet, and at the right temperature.
- Avoid using your electronic device at least a half hour before bedtime, and keep your smartphone, tablet and computer in another room.
Hopefully, we have provided some insight into the vastly understated and important function of Sleep. Which has huge consequences on our Mental and Physical health.
We learned that CBD Oil helps our homeostasis functions, function more effectively and sleep is one of these functions. You can draw your own conclusions whether taking a THC-Free CBD product and Melatonin supplement is right for you. More importantly, always discuss any CBD regimen with your healthcare professional prior to use.
Like we always say everything in life is connected and sleep is no different.
When you have a restorative and refreshing night’s sleep, your mood and outlook tends to improve, you are able to focus more and handle tasks better. Overall, by getting more sleep you are helping yourself and others around you be the best version of you!
NOW GO TO BED!