10 Feb Insomnia, How Can CBD Help You?
Have you ever given any serious thought to sleeping? You might have done, but at the same time, you’re probably just one of those people who go to sleep every night and doesn’t really think about it all that much. That’s great if you do, but a lot of people don’t have that same privilege.
Insomnia is a condition which plagues many of us, up to 15% of the population, and yet it isn’t talked about quite as much as it should be. Why is this the case? Well, it’s got a lot to do with public perception and even more to do with the relationship people have with it as a condition.
Looking Into Insomnia
For this definition, we’re consulting the NHS, who are a well-recognised medical organisation, for their official position on the subject. They characterise insomnia as being “finding it hard to fall asleep, waking up several times during the night and feeling tired during the day”
Now obviously, the official definition for something is rarely the full story. There are a lot of things associated with insomnia which plague the lives of many people. Obviously, the main issue that people tend to experience is the continuous lack of ability to sleep. It keeps them up at night. You might not appreciate exactly what that means. Imagine being awake, in silence, every hour, feeling tired but suffering from an inability to actually just go to sleep. It’s an incredibly distressing situation to have to deal with.
The really big problem for anybody who battles with insomnia is the feeling of hopelessness and depression that can come with it. Not being able to sleep seems like such a minor thing, we all have bad nights. However, for an insomniac, it’s a bit different. They might get a full night sleep once a week, and that is incredibly demoralising and distressing on an emotional level.
Think about it like this. Not being able to sleep does things to a person’s mood and overall perception of the world. We find that we have less patience, less tolerance for things, everything is a little bit more hectic, our emotions are running high, and it’s generally a very uncomfortable place to be. People who don’t sleep regularly are often more stressed, more anxious, and have a different perception of the world to everybody else. When you can’t sleep, everything is a problem, nothing is fine, and this makes navigating an already stressful world quite a difficult thing.
CBD As An Insomnia Solution
Ultimately the CBD can be a very powerful solution. It is potentially a way to help battle some of the symptoms of insomnia by encouraging the body to calm down enough to sleep.
Multiple studies have been carried out into CBD and insomnia, and they have shown the CBD does help with insomnia, but there are still some uncertainties over exactly how it helps and more research is required.
The general consensus is that CBD battles the root cause of the insomnia rather than the symptoms. It is believed that the CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which in medical terms is a fairly recent discovery. The ECS plays a role in maintaining certain body functions, such as sleep, appetite, mood, and regulating circadian rhythms. We have a specific blog on the ECS and what is is. This is why we see CBD advertised as a help for a multitude of chronic problems.
The endocannabinoid system is a network of cannabinoid receptors in the brain and central nervous system. Cannabinoids attach to these cells and have various effects. As far as how they may affect sleep, some research indicates that the cannabinoid CBD may interact with specific receptors, potentially affecting the sleep/wake cycle.
Additionally, studies have shown that CBD may also decrease anxiety and pain, which can both interfere with restful sleep. By reducing certain symptoms, it’s also possible that sleep may improve.
How do I take CBD for Insomnia?
CBD can be taken in numerous ways. Our customers have found that using our 5% Full Spectrum sublingual spray regularly, following the dosage information on the packaging, can be very effective in improving sleep quality.
In addition to the sublingual spray, some of our customers (and myself) use the vape e-liquid before bed. This can provide an instant feeling of calm and helps tame the racing mind that often keeps you awake. It is important that you do not overdo the vape prior to bed, as it can have the opposite effect and stimulate you. Normally 3 or 4 puffs is sufficient – especially for a new user.
For new users, there can often be a period where the ECS is ‘waking up’ and it’s important to start with the low dosage and work up. It may take several weeks before you feel the benefits although in cases like my own, within two days of using CBD, I was sleeping 8hrs per night. This was how Primitive CBD initially was created, CBD was revolutionary for my sleep quality – I wanted to be able to help other people find a high quality product, at an affordable price, that can help with insomnia and other chronic issues.
In conclusion, you should never, ever doubt the emotional and mental effects of insomnia. Not being able to sleep can do massive damage to someone’s overall sense of happiness and confidence.
It’s no secret that most of us take sleep for granted. It’s a normal everyday thing that we all do, and we look forward to being able to sleep every night. However, to live in a world where you can’t do this could be very upsetting to people. Naturally, it might make you feel incredibly isolated, lonely, and deeply upset.
What we have found is that people don’t actually give insomnia as much credit as it is due. Quite a few people simply regard it as nothing more than a passing irritation, which is upsetting. If more people talk about it, then we will definitely see more in the way of improvements when it comes to helping people battle it. However, that’s just not the case. Insomnia can be a challenge, which is why we have to support people who are struggling with it on an everyday basis.