Getting a good night of sleep is so important for our physical and emotional health and lack of it can have consequences for our mood, weight, hormone levels, concentration, energy etc. CBD for Sleep has proven to be very effective unlike the many ‘Big Pharma’ sleeping pills that not always work and usually have horrible side effects.
According to the Scientific American more than 8.5 million Americans take prescription sleeping pills. 50% of the population is regularly using a mix of two or more sleep aids at night, according to a 2017 Sleep Study from SleepScore Labs.
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On average women sleep 24 minutes longer than men, according to the 2017 Sleep Study. Women sleep 6 hrs. 9 min. and men 5 hrs. 45 min. Symptoms of insomnia include:
The 2017 Sleep Study also reveals that 79% of Americans get less than seven hours of sleep per night.
Some common side effects of ‘Big Pharma’ sleeping pills like Sonata, Rozerem, Halcion, Ambien, and Lunesta are:
Tingling in the limbs
Changes in appetite
CBD Oil improves Sleep Quality and Quantity
According to research, CBD wanes off the roots of insomnia. Cannabidiol reduces anxiety or eliminates it completely. Anxiety is often the cause of insomnia. CBD also influences the dopamine levels in our bloodstream during sleep. This leads to a better and more relaxed sleep.
Many scientific research studies on other medical conditions, for example, CBD MS treatment, CBD pain treatment, and CBD oil for anxiety studies show that one of the side effects that cannabidiol (CBD) has is that patients sleep a lot better and longer. But there are also several studies that directly researched the health benefits of CBD and cannabis in relation to sleep and the improvement or cure of sleep disorders.
The most peculiar outcome of the studies is that several scientific tests concluded that CBD both increases the wakefulness, and therefore has potential for sleep disorders like daytime excessive somnolence (sleepiness), but at the same time improves sleep parameters in patients during the so-called ‘lights off time’.
A 2006 lab study on rats shows that CBD enhanced activity in waking-related brain areas and CBD also induced an increase in dopamine release. The wake-inducing properties and effects of CBD were again confirmed in a 2008 lab study.
In 2014 lab tests on mice demonstrated that the endocannabinoid system actively regulates cortical up-states and important features of NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep, like duration and low-frequency cortical oscillations. Previous investigations in 2013 demonstrated that systematically administered cannabinoids can be used therapeutically to decrease the apnea/hypopnea index in rats and humans.
Apnea are pauses in breathing and hypopnea is overly shallow breathing or an abnormally low respiratory rate during sleep. That sleep stability is regulated by endocannabinoid signaling was concluded in 2016 report. They also discovered that the magnitude of the effects was dependent on the time of day the CBD was administered.
“Many of my patients are finding relief by using CBD”, according to Dr. Michelle Weiner.
A 2004 clinical study on four adult males and four adult females concluded that 15 mg of CBD increased awake activity during sleep and counteracted the residual sedative activity of 15 mg THC. Ten years later, in 2014, a series of clinical case studies were performed on patients with rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD). The patients treated with CBD had prompt and substantial reduction in the frequency of RBD-related events like nightmares and active behavior during dreaming.
In 2016 a clinical case study was done on a ten-year-old girl with PTSD due to sexual abuse during early childhood (see also our article on PTSD). One of the PTSD symptoms, this little girl had, was insomnia. CBD treatment of this little girl resulted in a steady improvement in the quality and quantity of her sleep.
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It has been scientifically proven that it is not possible to overdose CBD. You would have to take such an enormous amount of it that is physically impossible to consume. And besides a dry mouth and in very rare cases slight dizziness just after intake, there are no side effects to it.
Therefore it is possible to easily determine the CBD dosage level for every individual. We are all different but more important, the level of sleep disorder each of us has, is also different. If you take a standard dosing of 25 mg per day, just to maintain your health, to keep your homeostasis at an optimal level, your sleep should significantly improve.
It is recommended to divide your daily dosings into two and take half in the morning and the other half at night. The best time in the evening is a couple of hours before you go to bed. Some people have trouble falling asleep right after taking CBD, so give it one or two hours.
Can’t figure out how many drops to take, for your daily dosage? Are you lost because your CBD oil bottle only contains a CBD percentage? Use our CBD oil dosage calculator.
Mild sleeping disorder CBD dosage
For mild to medium sleeping disorders, people usually take 50 to 100 mg of CBD daily and report good results. You can experiment with the dosage and the timing. For Example, some people reported to be able to fall asleep better if they don’t take a dosage in the evening but when they wake up during the middle of the night.
Severe sleeping disorder CBD dosage
Severe cases of sleep disorders have told us that they use as much as 150 to 200 mg daily, for a much-improved sleep. Almost all people that use CBD do not only sleep better at night but also have a much clearer head during the daytime.
How to use CBD oil?
There are several ways how to take CBD. Most people just drop the drops under their tongue and keep them there for about a minute until the drops have dissolved. This way the CBD is absorbed by the body quickly and the working span is several hours. The effects of CBD vaping are felt even quicker but the working span of the CBD is unfortunately much shorter.
You can also just swallow the CBD oil or drip it into a drink or onto food. The CBD will then go the long way through your digestive system and will only show effects in a couple of hours. The working span, however, is not affected and remains several hours.
There are even CBD edibles, and CBD water to take cannabidiol anonymously or just without you having the feeling that you are taking a medicne. Some people ask us, are CBD gummies legal? The answer is yes because CBD is legal in all 50 States and in most countries in the world.
Please share your thoughts in the comment section below this article on what dosage worked best for your treatment. This way other people will benefit from your experience. Thanks!
Success Stories of Patients with Sleep Disorders
We have carefully collected CBD testimonials for this particular condition to serve as proof and inspiration to others. Do not hesitate to record your own experience and share it with us so we can add it to this list and help thousands of patients more.
Overview of Scientific Studies and Reports
If you are interested in the medical proof and not scared of reading through some professional medical jargon, check out the studies below.