How To Use CBD For Sleep

A good night’s sleep is essential for your health. It gives your mind and body sufficient time to relax and recover from your day, making you feel alert and energised for the following day. Getting enough sleep each night is equally as important as exercising and eating healthy. 

What is Cannibidiol

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the hemp plant known as cannabinoids. CBD will not cause the high associated with hemp as it is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. Instead, CBD can support your body’s endocannabinoid system, which helps maintain an internal natural balance, also known as homeostasis. 

Research conducted

CBD oil has proven popular with individuals struggling to get a good night’s sleep. Although there is a lack of clinical evidence to support the link between CBD and restful sleep, a 2019 study  examined the relationship between sleep and CBD, concluding that CBD may hold benefits for sleep disorders. However, results fluctuated throughout the study and further controlled clinical studies are still required.

How does CBD work to improve sleep?

Whilst scientists aren’t entirely sure how CBD improves sleep, it appears to interact with the endocannabinoid system, promoting balance that may aid our natural sleep cycles to work as they should. In turn, our muscles can relax, and we can produce sleep hormones such as melatonin.

How to use CBD for sleep

Disclaimer: It is important not to expect too much when you first use CBD oil to aid a good night’s sleep. Although CBD can help treat insomnia, sleep problems are complex, and it will take time to work out your optimal dose and find a product that works best for you. 

Here are some tips to help:

1. Determine your sleep problem
    • Is there something keeping you awake at night? What do you hope to fix? Asking yourself questions about the root causes of your sleep issue before using CBD is essential as there may be something keeping you awake that you haven’t considered. For example, many people find that sitting in front of a computer all day leaves them feeling sore before bed. If this is the case, you may want to try a CBD enriched Body Salve. Massaging our Love Hemp CBD Infused Body Salve into specific areas of need can help ease body aches and pains. 
    2. Find a CBD product that works for you
      • Don’t buy the first CBD product you come across. Instead, take the time to look for a high-quality CBD product from a trusted brand.
      • When it comes to CBD oils, finding the right flavour is essential. For those who struggle with the earthy flavour of CBD, try one of our fruity Valencia Orange or Wild Cherry flavoured Love Hemp CBD oils.
      3. Adjust your dose
        • There is no ‘correct dose’ of CBD for sleep. CBD dosages are unique for each individual, depending on various factors like sensitivity to CBD and metabolism. 
        • For beginners, it is best to gradually introduce CBD into your life by starting with a lower dose. You can steadily increase your dose once your body has acclimated to CBD; it is essential to give yourself one week before adjusting your dosage. 
        • Frequently checking and adjusting your dose will help you find your CBD sweet spot.
        5. Self-Care 
          • Poor sleep hygiene affects the quality of your sleep. Ensure to switch off your screens an hour before bed, take a bath, read, meditate and use your CBD oil. Relaxing and taking time to look after yourself before bed helps you fall asleep faster.

          6. Light Exercise
            • Studies have shown exercise to be the most important ingredient for a good night’s sleep. A yoga class, peaceful walk, or evening swim are all great exercises to try, particularly when combined with CBD. So why not consider incorporating CBD into your exercise routine and see if your sleep becomes more restful.  

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