by Jane Meggitt
If you have trouble sleeping, you’re not alone. At least 80 percent of Americans have difficulty falling asleep at least once a week, according to Consumer Reports. Of course, for a considerable percentage of these folks, it’s a nightly issue. If you want to avoid prescription and over-the-counter sleep medications and their potential side effects, CBD oil is an effective, natural alternative.
1. Stress Reduction
The stresses of the modern world contribute to the country’s sleep deprivation crisis. CBD oil can relieve stress and anxiety, allowing users to fall asleep. Since the science of sleep and the science of CBD oil are both evolving rapidly, it is entirely possible that CBD oil aids sleep by reducing many of the conditions causing insomnia, such as anxiety, depression and pain.
2. Safe and Non-Habit Forming
Unlike many prescription and over-the-counter sleep drugs, CBD oil is considered safe and non-habit forming. That’s true even for people taking CBD oil in relatively high doses. Many common sleep medications, such as zolpidem (marketed under the brand name Ambien) and alprazolam (marketed under the brand name Xanax) can cause user dependency.
CBD oil has few side effects, and most of them are minor. Possible side reactions include dry mouth, low blood pressure — and sleepiness. With the exception of those whose blood pressure is particularly low, these are not side effects that would cause most people to give up an effective sleep aid.
3. No Morning Fog
The effects of some sleep medications don’t wear off once the person awakens. Grogginess may remain even after a few cups of coffee and well into the morning.
That’s not the case with CBD oil. Users wake up with no sleep medication “hangover” or drugged sleep effect.
4. CBD Interacts With the Endocannabinoid System
You’re aware that your body contains a digestive system, neurological system, circulatory system and more, but did you know you possess an endocannabinoid system? It aids the body in regulation of various systems, including the sleep cycle. Cannabis, from which CBD oil is derived, is an ancient folk medicine staple, and traditional healers often used it for its therapeutic effects on various conditions, including anxiety and insomnia. CBD oil directly interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid receptors, influencing an individual’s pain perception and lowering inflammation.
5. Correcting REM Sleep Abnormalities
REM — or rapid eye movement — sleep generally occurs within 90 minutes of going to sleep. It’s the period in which the most vivid dreams take place, and overall makes up about 25 percent of the average person’s sleep cycle. During REM sleep, the body is somewhat paralyzed, perhaps so sleepers will not respond physically to their dreams. The amount of REM sleep may affect mood and memory. Some people — including those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and Parkinson’s disease — experience REM sleep abnormalities. CBD oil can correct these abnormalities, allowing affected individuals to enjoy restful, refreshing sleep.
A graduate of New York University, Jane Meggitt’s work has appeared in dozens of publications, including USA Today, The Alternative Daily, nj.com, The Houston Chronicle and The Nest.