A lack of quality sleep is driven by stress, anxiety and pain locked up in the body with over 36% of UK adults struggling to get to sleep at least on a weekly basis. This equates to a staggering 1 in every 3 people in the UK, with stress, computers and taking work home often blamed. Additional factors such as jet-lag and Daylight Savings Time may also contribute to disrupted sleep patterns.
According to the NHS it's not just the mood swings and lack of focus which are the main areas of concern when it comes to poor sleep. Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes – and it shortens your life expectancy. It's now clear that a solid night's sleep is essential for a long and healthy life. People are now turning to CBD, a natural, non-intoxicating, legal compound extracted from hemp plants to help them get a better night's sleep.
Can CBD Help Me Get to Sleep?
Yes, CBD helps you to improve your sleep, this is because CBD has been shown in pre-clinical trials to reduce both pain and anxiety, which are both the main causes behind poor sleep. Considering a CBD clinical trial can take over a decade to complete and that CBD was only legalised in 2017, we still have a way to go to get the conclusive clinical proof everybody wants. That said there is strong supporting evidence from pre-clinical studies that CBD really works in a variety of treatments.
We now understand that CBD bonds to receptors in your body that are linked to maintaining your hormone balance and the regulation of many internal processes like pain sensation, emotion, and your levels of stress. Additionally, existing preclinical evidence from human studies strongly supports the potential of CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders and pain relief with the following conclusions:
- CBD has been shown to reduce contextually conditioned fear responses.
- CBD blocked reconsolidation of aversive memories.
- Preclinical evidence conclusively demonstrates CBD’s efficacy in reducing anxiety behaviours relevant to multiple disorders, including PTSD, GAD, PD, OCD, and SAD
- Four pre-clinical studies into the effects of chronic pain relief found strong indications that Cannabinoids suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain.
A reduction in anxiety, stress and pain are all key factors behind getting a great nights sleep, and CBD can help ease all of these. We would also advise a multi targeted approach where you consider other ways to support natural sleep such as:
- Muscular and mental relaxation techniques.
- Avoiding visual and audio stimulants before you sleep.
- Monitoring any stimulants such as caffeine, that you consume and the time you eat.
- Do not exercise less than 3 to 4 hours prior to sleeping.
- Make sure your sleeping environment is comfortable and free of any disruptions.
What CBD products are available to help with sleep?
The CBD market has a wide variety of products tailored to help you sleep which also include other tailored botanicals to support this aim. Mission C have created the Night oil, whereby CBD is blended alongside adaptogens passionflower, chamomile and myrcene to help you unwind, relax, and prepare for a good night’s sleep. We have also used MCT oil as our carrier oil, which generally comes with ingredients to enhance sleep. Also consider that cbd oils absorb more CBD into your body at a faster rate than tablets, cbd edibles and creams making these fast-acting options for a good night’s sleep. Use CBD up to an hour before bedtime, and always start at a lower concentration. You can build up to a level that works for you and your body as this will give you flexibility in the number of doses you can take before reaching the 70 mg recommended daily cbd doseage.
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