A good night’s sleep is elusive for many people. Sleeplessness (insomnia) is one of the most frequent complaints by adults. One in four Americans will develop insomnia this year. One in ten battle chronic insomnia. You may have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or waking up too early, and feel tired.
Insomnia can affect your health, job and general quality of life. You can become irritable, depressed or anxious if you do not sleep well. You may have trouble staying focused or your memory may be affected.
The endocannabinoid system plays a role in maintaining certain body functions, including mood, appetite, sleep, and regulating circadian rhythms. Therefore, it is not totally surprising to see that some research and anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD can also help you get a good night’s sleep.
Causes of Insomnia
Here are some common causes of insomnia:
- Screens: As people get ready to go to sleep they will still be on their phones, computers or watching TV.
- Chronic Pain: One in four Americans are dealing with chronic pain. The Mayo Clinic states that insomnia can be caused by physical pain.
- Late Meals and Drinking: Eating too close to bedtime or having a caffeine beverage or alcohol can also affect your sleep.
- Stress: The chattering mind worrying about money, family, health, and work.
- Noise: Another cause of insomnia can be noise from neighbors and dogs (upstairs or next door), city noise (sirens, clubs, firecrackers, or construction) and even country noise (think crowing roosters, tractors and early birds).
If most of us need eight hours of sleep, we are not sleeping long enough! There are some people, like Martha Stewart, who are among some of the many celebrities using CBD, who function well in just four to five hours. But the majority of us need at least seven hours of sleep to function.
Experts recommend that your bedroom should be a relaxing, uncluttered place. But during quarantine many people are using their bedroom or bed to work during the day. Work and sleep are not separated.
How CBD Helps You Sleep
How are we going to solve this dilemma? Regular exercise, nutrition, turning off all electronic devices or meditation can all help. But there is also anecdotal evidence that CBD can with sleep as well.
How does CBD aid sleep? If you take a tincture of CBD before you go to sleep, you may fall asleep faster and stay asleep throughout the night and wake up feeling well-rested.
Often there are added ingredients in a CBD tincture for sleep such as chamomile, lavender and melatonin, which both promote relaxation and better sleep. Formulated by a naturopath with 30-years of experience, Scotch Valley Ranch’s new sleep formulation, includes Lemon Balm, Pine Needle Extract, Passion Flower, Valerian Root Extract, Lavender Oil, Peppermint Oil, GABA, Melatonin, and 5-HTP. Take a dropper full under the tongue 30 minutes before bedtime for optimum results. Even better, take a warm bath with a CBD bath bomb to relax before “turning in.”
There is no one type of CBD that is better for sleep but you should check to see if the product contains CBD, how much, and whether it was tested by a third-party laboratory. Some products though not the kind sold at your local health food or CBD retailer may have too much THC which can keep you awake and “high.
Try CBD and see if it works for you. It may take a couple of nights and changing the dosage before it makes a difference in your sleep. Try Scotch Valley Ranch’s NIGHT, a CBD tincture for sleep, or explore our other CBD Hemp Flower products available online.