Do you spend your nights tossing and turning, trying your hardest not to stare at the clock every five minutes? If so, you’re not alone.
A good night’s sleep can do a lot for your mood, stress levels, and so much more – which is probably why there are so many sleep products out there. And if you’ve tried one, you might feel like you’ve tried them all. But you haven’t tried anything yet until you’ve used CBD to help combat sleeplessness.
Despite the number of amazing benefits, you might still have some questions about whether or not CBD for sleep is safe to try, or if you can regularly use it for sleeplessness.
Which is precisely where we come in, answering any and all questions you may have, such as:
- What causes sleeplessness?
- Is CBD for sleep safe to try?
- Are there different CBD products for sleeplessness?
- Can you use CBD every night?
What Causes Sleeplessness?
Sleeplessness, restlessness while sleeping, constantly waking up throughout the night, and difficulty falling and staying asleep all have one major thing in common: insomnia. These difficulties can be brief and temporary or ongoing, and can be caused by natural influences, stress, or disease, to name a few. Lots of things can disrupt sleep or cause poor sleep, throw off your sleep patterns, or lead to insomnia.
Stress and Anxiety
Whether ongoing or temporary, stress and anxiety can be caused by a number of things such as work, life, family, or some unexpected event. Whatever the source, stress and anxiety can wreak havoc on your sleep by replaying events in your mind or causing your body to feel restless and uncomfortable.
Meditating, playing relaxing music, and using aromatherapy before bed are all great ways to help you clear your mind and de-stress at the end of the night.
Uncomfortable Sleeping Conditions
Lights, noises, and even the temperature in your bedroom can all affect your quality of sleep. Being uncomfortable makes it especially hard to fall asleep and stay asleep – thankfully though, these things can be easily remedied. Eye masks, a standing fan, sound machines, and earplugs are just a few of the simpler solutions.
Mental or Physical Health Issues
There are unfortunately quite a few physical and mental health issues that can get in the way of a good night’s rest. Sleep apnea, blood pressure issues, depression, and even jet lag can easily disrupt your sleep patterns.
If you’ve crossed every other possible cause off the list, it might be worth talking with your doctor to determine if there is a health or medical reason behind your sleeplessness. They can discuss your sleep patterns with you and may opt to send you for a sleep study to get to the bottom of your sleeplessness.
A variety of medications list sleeplessness under their possible complications, such as antidepressants and blood pressure medications. But there are a number of non-prescription substances that could be causing your inability to sleep as well, including caffeine and sugar.
Why Use CBD for Sleep?
If you’d rather use natural wellness sleep aids such as herbal teas and melatonin supplements, then using something like CBD to help with your sleeplessness is no different.
But is CBD for sleep safe and effective?
Today, that’s exactly what we’re going to discover, so you can rest easy and slip right into slumber with the peace of mind of having done your “homework.”
First, you should know that all of the CBD sleep aids we’re about to mention come in both broad spectrum and full spectrum CBD formulas. Full spectrum products include just enough THC to trigger the full benefits of the entourage effect. While full spectrum CBD oil doesn’t have enough THC to give you the “high” typically associated with THC, it can cause you to fail a drug test, so if that’s an issue you may want to stick with our broad spectrum CBD products.
With so many CBD sleep aids to choose from, we’ve made sure you get the exact benefits you’re looking for – no more and no less.
CBD Tinctures for Sleep
CBD Oil Sleep TInctures are the original, and most commonly used CBD sleep aids. They come in a carrier oil with a small dropper so you measure out the amount of CBD tincture for sleep that you need. All you have to do is put the drops under your tongue, hold for 30 seconds, and then swallow!
The oils work quickly to help you relax, and when combined with a sleep-supportive bedtime routine, you’ll be well on your way to a perfect night’s sleep before you know it.
CBD oils are simple to take, easy to work into your evening routine, and won’t become habit-forming. The cannabinoids in both our full spectrum and broad spectrum formulas work quickly with your natural endocannabinoid system to help support various systems throughout your body by creating a greater sense of calm and helping you maintain a healthy sleep cycle.
- Available in both broad spectrum and full spectrum
- Non-habit forming
- Easy to use
- Variable measuring so you can get the exact amount that works for you
- Works in as little as 30 minutes
- Comes in berry or mint flavors
- Contains melatonin and valerian root
- Vegan-friendly and gluten-free
- Self-measuring can create a variation in serving sizes, and how much CBD you get per serving can vary
- Some people may not like the taste of the oils
CBD Gummies for Sleep
Full Spectrum CBD Gummies for Sleep may take longer to take effect, but they sure are tastier!
Although they’re still fairly new, CBD gummies are rapidly becoming a favorite of CBD connoisseurs. Simply take one or two of the gummies about an hour before bed and settle in for a peaceful night of sleep and relaxation.
Prefer a THC-free* option? Don’t worry, we still offer our tried and true broad spectrum CBD Sleep Aid Gummies.
- Enjoyable to take
- Pre-measured, but can be cut in half or quarters
- Contains melatonin, valerian root, and ashwagandha extract
- Vegan-friendly and gluten-free
- You might need to brush your teeth afterwards
- Not everyone likes flavored gummies
CBD Softgels for Sleep
Last but certainly not least are our CBD PM Softgel Capsules. The easiest to use of all of our CBD products, CBD softgels are pre-measured so you know exactly how much you’re taking. Similar to our CBD gummies, CBD softgels take about an hour to go into effect.
- Super easy to take
- Available in 16.5 mg of CBD, 40 mg of CBD, and 50 mg of CBD and 2 mg of THC per serving
- Easy to swallow
- Fortified with melatonin, valerian root, and vitamin E oil
- Takes a little longer than the tinctures to digest
- You may not want to drink too much water right before bed
- Cannot micro-adjust serving sizes like with the tinctures or gummies
- Not vegan
Is CBD for Sleep Safe for Sleeplessness?
CBD does not contain habit-forming drugs commonly used for sleep aids. Instead, our CBD is partnered with melatonin, a hormone your body naturally produces to kickstart your sleep drive. Some side effects of using CBD for sleeplessness may include dry mouth, nausea, or diarrhea. However, many people report that the many health benefits and effects of CBD help them to fall asleep and improve their sleep quality with little to no side effects.
If you experience any of these effects when you first begin taking CBD, reduce the serving size to allow your body some time to adjust. Then you may, after a few weeks on that serving size, increase in small increments each week until you reach the amount that works best for you. Varying your serving size is easiest to do if you use CBD tinctures, that way you can gradually increase by a few drops every week.
It may also be a good idea to start using CBD by cutting the recommended serving size in half, and gradually increasing from there until you find your best fit. This gives you some “wiggle room” to figure out the best serving size to improve your sleep. You can also use a regular (non-sleep-aid) tincture, gummy, or softgel in the mornings if you prefer a steady stream of CBD throughout the day.
Other ingredients in our CBD sleep aids include valerian root, lemon balm, chamomile, hops, and additional herbs included to aid relaxation and promote overall calm. Like we mentioned above, full spectrum CBD products also include tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, which some people report improves sleep more than the broad spectrum options. However, this varies from person to person and can be more of a personal preference.
Always be sure to check the product label to see how many mg of CBD is in a product before using it. For best results, use regularly, set a consistent sleep schedule, and be careful with your caffeine consumption during the day.
Sleeplessness Can Be Relieved
One of the most important things to remember when you are struggling with sleeplessness is to not get too anxious or worked up about it. Though it can be extremely frustrating, the more relaxed you are when you crawl into bed, the more your CBD sleep aid will be able to help.
Using CBD for sleep is safe, effective, and non-habit forming as long as you remember to keep an eye out for red flags when buying CBD oil online or in-store. Check reviews, look for third-party testing, study the labeling, and talk with your doctor if your sleeplessness continues or you have any questions.
If you’re interested in learning more about how CBD can help with sleeplessness and what makes using CBD for sleep safe and effective, keep an eye on our frequently updated blog. Looking to stay up to date on the latest supplement news and cbdMD’s upcoming special offers? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or chat with someone live today!