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CBD For Insomnia & Sleep Disorders

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CBD For sleep & insomnia

Have you spent countless hours awake at night unable to fall asleep? Do you wake up in the morning without a good night’s rest? How many nights have you tossed and turned in your bed trying to fall asleep? The answer to these questions shows the role that sleep and insomnia play in your life.

According to medical experts¹, insomnia is the inability to fall asleep. Insomnia and other sleeping disorders impact the quality of life for millions of people every year. Up to 10% of Americans have a chronic sleep disorder, according to the National Sleep Foundation².

Luckily, CBD may be able to help.

woman waking up from nap in bed after falling finally asleep

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder. It consists of a dramatic reduction of a person’s ability to fall asleep. It can manifest in different ways and give rise to different types of symptoms.

  • Acute Insomnia: Typically caused by traumatic or stressful life events. Acute insomnia is episodic and typically resolves itself without the need for medication. The short duration doesn’t discount the distress it can cause.
  • Chronic Insomnia: When acute insomnia does not resolve itself within the first three months of its appearance, it becomes chronic. Chronic insomnia may indicate an association with other health conditions.

Insomnia can be further divided into:

  • Onset insomnia: A difficulty falling asleep.
  • Maintenance insomnia: The inability to stay asleep.

A lack of sleep can negatively affect a person’s life dramatically. It generally causes a decline in general health, decreased performance, as well as an increase in social anxiety.

Known causes of insomnia:

  • Hormone imbalance
  • Genetics
  • Acid reflux
  • Chronic pain

 

Why use CBD for insomnia?

An empty and messy bed in a dark roomCBD, also known as Cannabidiol, is one of the most important chemicals found in the hemp plant. CBD does not have the psychoactive effects of THC (the chemical that causes high and intoxication effects). In fact, most CBD products (including all Daddy Burt products) are derived from hemp, which has less than 0.3% THC, so it will not get you high.

CBD has been used for a wide variety of disorders because research suggests it has promise promoting a variety of health benefits including easing anxiety and reducing inflammation. As research³ has increased over the last few years scientists have attributed many of these properties directly to CBD. The ability of CBD to provide these benefits without any mind-altering effects gives it excellent potential for helping insomnia.

CBD does not, in and of itself, cause sleep but, it can positively affect the quality of sleep⁴ through the various effects it has on the body. For example, CBD can potentially help reduce subconscious emotional stress, which leads to a better night’s sleep. Also, its effects on inflammation may help reduce muscle tension in the body to help with general relaxation.

In other words, CBD has the potential to combat insomnia⁵ through helping the symptoms that cause the difficulty to sleep i.e., anxiety, depression, chronic pain, etc.

 

Taking CBD to fall asleep

young man with insomnia standing over the bed tired but unable to fall asleepThe exact amount of CBD taken to help with insomnia differs with each individual. The most important factors of taking CBD are how the product is consumed, age, gender, and weight. However, 25 mg of CBD each day is reported to help most people with a noticeable improvement to their insomnia.

Taking CBD is flexible and the amount can be increased until you experience the benefits for your sleeping habits. Some insomniacs take the entire 25mg at night about an hour before bed, followed by a cup of their favorite tea.

 

Are there any side effects of using CBD?

CBD is safe and natural with minimal side effects. Although rare, some people reported changes in appetite or weight loss, changes in mood, diarrhea, anxiety, nausea, dry mouth, vomiting, and fatigue. If side effects continue, reducing your dosage may help eliminate these effects.

 

How to buy CBD products?

The most important thing to consider when trying CBD products is finding a company that uses American grown hemp and is willing to publish their third-party testing data for their customers. There’s a lot of great Hemp and CBD companies out there and you need to find one that you can trust. At Daddy Burt Hemp Co., we started growing hemp in Kentucky over 100 years ago and publish all of our third-party test results on our product pages. You can explore our all of our CBD products.

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Written by:

Alex Zorniger

Alex is an employee at Daddy Burt Hemp Co. He studied nutrition, the environment, and entrepreneurship at Tufts University before joining the Daddy Burt team. Alex has a passion for helping people learn about the constantly evolving Hemp industry.

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Bob Estes

Bob is the founder and CEO of Daddy Burt Hemp Co. Bob has quickly become an authority and expert in the hemp & CBD industry.

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