Hundreds of thousands of people with problems falling asleep or staying asleep are using CBD with great success. In fact sleep disorders, such as insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, nightmares and bruxism, are one of the main reasons people take CBD-oil.
Poor sleep can lead to anxiety, pain, depression, poor memory, anger and increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Some are saying sleep is the missing link to many health issues. During sleep we store memories, remove toxins in the brain, repair tissue, build immunity, control blood sugar (related to diabetes) and regulate hormones.
How does CBD help sleep? CBD acts on a type of receptor in the brain called 5-HT1A that controls the release and re-uptake of Serotonin. Serotonin is a precursor to Melatonin, which is a hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. Through affecting the 5-HT1A receptor, CBD can increase serotonin levels, thereby resulting in higher levels of melatonin, and as a result, improve sleep, without any side effects.
One study from January of 2019 treated 72 adults with CBD for anxiety and sleep disorder. The result showed that anxiety scores decreased within the first month in 57 patients (79.2%) while sleep scores improved within the first month in 48 patients (66.7%).
Be aware that CBD in low doses can in some people be alerting. For sleep we recommend starting with 25 mg (approximately 5 drops of 10% concentration) of CBD before bedtime, but in some cases as much as 160 mg is needed.
Finding the perfect serving is a little bit of an experiment when it comes to CBD oil. For example, Dr. Frank Michalski, an experienced MD on the use of CBD, says that pre-menopause women seem to require more for sleep as opposed to post-menopause women.
On of the side effects CBD users have noticed if they take too much is some increased sleepiness. So if you overshoot, the side effect may be exactly what you’re seeking
If CBD is not helping your sleep, you want to consider other factors. For some, its poor sleep habits, like not maintaining a regular sleep schedule or staring at the blue light form your phone while your body is trying to wind down. But for others there might be underlying medical disorders that make you more susceptible for insomnia like hypoxemia (abnormally low blood O2 levels), dyspnea (difficult breathing), acid reflux, alcohol intake, or neurological diseases.