CBD & Sleep - All you need to know

05.04.2023 • Nicklas Olsen

CBD & Sleep - All you need to know

An estimated 60 million people experience sleep problems, driving the demand for supplements and medications to address this issue. One potential aid is cannabidiol, or CBD. In this article, we will examine CBD's effects on sleep, its potential benefits, and relevant research findings.

Sleep is extremely important for a well-functioning daily life - and therefore a good and healthy sleep is important, no matter whether you are a child, young, adult, or elderly. In fact, we humans spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping! If you sleep poorly, that's a lot of sleep you should be using to recover, which instead is spent tossing and turning.
Insomnia plagues many people and can be triggered by many different things - noise, stress, and worries are just some of the things that ruin people's beauty sleep - and it's a bad thing when sleep is so important for our everyday lives. It can also quickly become a vicious cycle because if you can't sleep and stress about not getting enough sleep, it becomes even harder to sleep.
On this page, we have collected a lot of information about sleep - perhaps you will learn more about why you sleep poorly at night, or maybe you will find some good advice that can make your sleep even better. We also tell you why you might want to try CBD oil if you have sleep deprivation or suffer from insomnia - as several users experience a more peaceful sleep and find it easier to fall asleep with regular use of CBD oil or CBD capsules.

Do you have questions about CBD oil and its properties? You can read more about cannabis oil here. You are also welcome to contact us if you have more questions.

How does sleep work?

According to several studies, sleep consists of five phases. When we are tired depends a lot on our circadian rhythm, but we also have a built-in clock that is partly controlled by light and darkness.
The first phase is light sleep. This is the one you experience when you are just about to fall asleep, you yawn, and feel an inner peace fall over you - it is also here that you sometimes experience that you "fall" and fall out of sleep and then have to start over. It is also easy to wake up here, for example, if a truck drives by or if someone turns on the light. The next phase is where the body begins to realize that it is about to sleep deeply. The body's temperature drops, your eyes don't move around as much, and your heart rate also drops because the body is no longer working at high pressure.
In the third phase, you reach deep sleep - this is very important, as light sleep is not sufficient. If you never fall into deep sleep - for example, because your phone is on sound at night, you will not feel well-rested in the morning. Phase four is very similar to this phase, but at an even deeper level, and when you reach phase five, this is where you dream. Here, the eyes can move around behind the eyelids, and you can be restless, even though you are in deep sleep. The brain is more active, and your heart rate also increases. The fifth phase is also called REM sleep.

These phases are all important for your sleep to be satisfactory and for you to feel well-rested.

Why is sleep important?

Good sleep is important for several different reasons - it's not just about whether you're tired on Monday morning because you've been up late over the weekend, it's also about the body's functions.
Your brain uses sleep to recover. Because it is active throughout the day, it is important that it can use the night to recuperate. In addition, there are also studies that show that sleep, among other things, helps maintain a stable weight - and sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain. If you suffer from sleep deprivation, it can also create a breeding ground for various diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.
Anxiety, depression, and stress also thrive better when you have sleep deprivation - and it is therefore a really good reason to do everything possible to get better sleep if you sleep poorly at night.

Can CBD help with sleep problems?

There are various studies that address the question of whether CBD oil can help with sleep. The theories suggest that CBD oil may affect receptors in the brain that work to produce neurotransmitters, including dopamine and serotonin. These substances in the brain help us to be relaxed, and here it is hoped that CBD oil can contribute to activating this, so that one can become calmer in the evening, and in the long run, achieve a more peaceful and undisturbed night's sleep.

Sleep problems can often be triggered by a racing mind, worries, and stress, all symptoms of both anxiety and depression, diagnoses where CBD oil is also being researched as a possible aid for symptom treatment.
Another factor that can help improve sleep is melatonin - the naturally occurring sleep hormone that the body produces itself and helps make you tired in the evening. Melatonin is also available as a medication and is given to those struggling with sleep difficulties. This hormone is produced when it is dark, primarily in the evening, and, along with your circadian rhythm, tells you when it's time to feel tired. During the day, the production of melatonin in the body is inhibited, and this is one of the reasons why it can be difficult to take a nap without drawing the curtains.

Melatonin capsules are among the most commonly used sleep supplements because the melatonin content is already present in the body, making it a natural remedy. This also means that it differs from other sleep aids, which can typically have side effects such as constipation and, ironically, sleep disturbances.

Combined with CBD, melatonin can have a significant impact on people with long-standing sleep problems - while CBD oil helps the body relax, melatonin makes you feel tired and ready for sleep. Users of melatonin often report having vivid dreams and feeling more rested when they wake up - this is a sign that they have reached the final stages of sleep, phases 4 and 5, indicating that they have entered deep sleep, which is a positive sign for those who otherwise struggle to establish a good sleep rhythm and get enough sleep.

Why do I sleep poorly?

There can be several reasons why you sleep poorly at night. Some of these reasons can be challenging to control, but others are within your control, making it easier to turn things around - these are the bad habits.

One of the worst culprits for poor sleep is your mobile phone and computer. If you bring these to bed and do not, for example, switch to yellow light instead of blue, your brain thinks it is daytime, and you may not always feel as tired. If you play a game or watch a high-action movie right before you go to sleep, this can also stimulate your brain, making it take longer for you to settle down.
It could also be that you drink coffee or energy drinks in the evening. Some people do not find that this makes it harder to fall asleep, but others find that it can make it difficult to find peace in the evening. Sleep problems can often be very individual, so even if your partner or another family member can sleep after a cafe latte, it doesn't mean you can.

There are also sleep problems that stem from other things. This can include having a racing mind before you go to sleep - for example, triggered by anxiety, depression, or stress, and in these cases, it's essential to address the root cause, such as through psychological counseling, changing your habits, or something else entirely.

Signs that you are sleeping poorly

In addition to certainly feeling it yourself if you have slept poorly, there are also other symptoms that can reveal whether you generally sleep poorly at night.
Are you already tired even though you just woke up? You don't need to jump out of bed every morning, but once you are awake and up, you should not feel an overwhelming tiredness that requires many cups of coffee before you feel awake. It's perfectly okay to be a little sleepy after lunch, and we don't deny that a mid-morning coffee or coffee after lunch is necessary to maintain energy levels, but if you're always tired, you should try to sleep more or work on improving your sleep quality.
Another reason is if you feel that the world around you is moving faster than you can keep up with, or if you experience difficulty concentrating, no matter what you're doing. Studies show that if an adult gets less than 7-9 hours of sleep on average, it can affect them on both a cognitive and biological level, even if they might not notice it themselves.
Sleep deprivation and fatigue can also lead to cravings for sugary and fatty foods, which can lead to weight gain over time. You may need sugar all the time to feel awake, or fatigue may make it difficult to find the energy to prepare healthier meals from scratch.

How do I get better sleep?

There are many things you can do if you have poor sleep. Below, we have gathered some tips that might help. However, remember that there can be many other reasons besides "bad habits" for not being able to sleep. If you experience anxiety or depression, it is essential to also seek professional help, such as from a doctor or through therapy.
Good diet and exercise
Sometimes you might get tired of hearing this advice - but it's because it's true. It is essential to keep your body active, and this is one of the things that help make your body tired and ready for sleep.
If you sit still all day, you can feel tired in the evening and still struggle to fall asleep, and if you have an excessively high activity level, it can also make it difficult to fall asleep. It's all about balance.
When it comes to diet, it's also essential to try to eat healthily - of course, there should also be room for enjoyment and fast food, but a body in balance in terms of vitamins and minerals will also find it easier to relax in the evening.
Manage your habits
Have good bedtime habits. If you find it difficult to fall asleep, you should put your phone or computer away half to a full hour before going to bed. If possible, you can also dim the light and give it a more yellow hue, so your body can more easily produce melatonin and tell you that it's bedtime.
A lot of activity, such as from YouTube videos or games before bedtime, can keep your brain active and make you restless when you try to sleep. Try sticking to a book, a crossword, or something else before going to sleep.
Some people make sure only to use the bed when they sleep - if you spend the morning in bed with Netflix and stay in bed for a long time before going to sleep, it can also disrupt your rhythm in bed, and you won't associate the bed with bedtime but with relaxation. Try moving Netflix and relaxation to the sofa instead and use the bed only when you sleep.

CBD Oil for sleep

If you want to benefit from more of CBD's properties, you can choose our oils, which can be used both morning and evening. You can use a few drops at a time. You can read more about CBD oil here.

CBD oil helps you relax your body and can also provide pain relief. If you suffer from chronic pain, including in the evening when you need to sleep, a few drops before bedtime can help with relief and relaxation, allowing you to fall asleep more easily.
We recommend using the oil if you have difficulty falling asleep in the evening and need a little extra help to relax. On the other hand, if you suffer from severe sleep problems, it may be advantageous to choose the capsules with melatonin, which provide an extra push towards fatigue and relaxation.

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Zzz capsules

Our ZzZ capsules can help you get a better night's sleep. They contain both CBD and melatonin, which the body uses to regulate the circadian rhythm. Melatonin is produced in the dark and can help signal that it's time to sleep. This extra boost of melatonin in our capsules raises the level of melatonin in the body, and combined with the relaxing properties of CBD, it creates favorable conditions if you need some help falling asleep in the evening.
Choose capsules if you want a product that is easy to use and should be taken half an hour before bedtime. These capsules are ideal if you have experienced sleep problems for an extended period, for example, due to worries and racing thoughts. The combination of CBD oil and melatonin can lend a helping hand, relaxing your body and signaling that it's time to sleep.

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This article is written by an external person with no affiliation to Raw Organics. It therefore represents the personal opinion of the writer. Any views expressed in this article are not representative of Raw Organics' official stance. Raw Organics CBD products are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure diseases. If you seek this, we recommend seeking medical help.

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