Have you ever had one of those nights when something startles you awake? And then the struggle to get back to sleep begins. It is usually around 2:00 am and your mind starts to race about to-do lists, hard conversations you need to have, or some nagging aches or pains.
We have all been there and those late night hours seem to go on in agony. You may have tried prescription sleep aids, sleep masks, meditation or herbal tea. And let’s face it, you’d count sheep if you knew it would consistently work.
Good sleep is super important for your health
Losing sleep or having poor sleep patterns can lead to poor quality of health and increase your risk of illnesses. In fact, the Mayo Clinic indicates that losing sleep can increase your chance of getting sick, obesity, diabetes, and heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease.
Your body heals while you sleep. When you are sick you are told to “get some rest”. Your body naturally knows that you are ailing and sleeping isn’t just something you do because you are tired. Your body needs sleep to recharge itself. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, during sleep your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you’re under stress. Sleep deprivation may decrease production of these protective cytokines. In addition, infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you don’t get enough sleep.
How CBD helps you sleep?
Your body has its own endocannabinoid system and the CBD helps it to maintain balance or homeostasis. The body naturally knows when it needs to produce more antibodies or release proteins in order to help your system stay balanced. So, in order for the body to have the best chance of success, you need to give it time to heal itself. That time is during sleep.
CBD and other cannabinoid-rich products can aid in the process of healing while you sleep. Cannabinoids bond with receptors in your brain and within your immune system to help promote cell activity. This connection allows you to heal faster.
There are a lot of factors that cause you to lose sleep. Too much screen time or over stimulation, anxiety, depression, or inflammation. Fortunately, CBD has shown the ability to help relieve anxiety and depression, and works as both an anti-inflammatory and a pain reliever. CBD can not make you turn off the TV or put down your phone, but adding CBD to a new sleep routine can greatly increase your chances of gaining a quality night’s rest.
Getting better sleep with CBD
Understanding your nightly routine and a desire to change your patterns is the first step in gaining control of your sleep patterns. Some questions to ask yourself about your routine are:
- Did you give yourself enough time to decompress before going to bed?
- Do you normally go to sleep thinking about all the things you need to do the next day?
- Is the environment in your bedroom conducive to a good night’s rest?
If you answered no to any of the above questions then here are a few suggestions to improve your routine and also your quality of sleep.
We are living in an environment where information is readily at our fingertips. We feel that we have to be constantly connected to the news of the day or we need to be completely focused on the needs of our kids and loved ones. Up until you go to sleep you worry about all those things or try to catch up to anything you may have missed during the day. At some point in your evening it may help you to just stop. Give yourself enough time to say you are closed for business. This can be time that you meditate, draw or journal, or read a nice book. This can also be a time when everyone in the family closes their devices, and you allow this time to be quiet, connected and nurturing. Depending on how soon you plan on getting into bed you may want to incorporate this closing time with taking some CBD products. CBD at this time allows you to reduce anxiety and calm yourself before ending your day.
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