Nothing impacts your general health more than not getting enough sleep. Sleep is the body’s natural release and renewal state and when you consistently don’t sleep enough, or wake up off and on during the night; it can ultimately affect your overall health and vitality. Many people have sleeping issues and that has created an escalating demand for natural products, like CBD oil, that might help with regulating sleep. The question is: ‘Does CBD really work for sleep and why?’ Here are some key reasons that taking CBD may assist in your quest for a good night’s sleep.
CBD, Sleep and The Endocannabinoid System
Although there has been and continues to be research with respect to CBD’s potential therapeutic value for insomnia, at this time, there has not been any official medical confirmation of using CBD for sleep. However, there are many anecdotal evidence reports (from people using CBD) that they experience improved sleep by dosing CBD before bedtime. That said, there are also factors with respect to the regulatory functions of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) that point to how CBD may support balancing the natural sleep-wake cycle.
The Endocannabinoid System is a vast biological network found throughout the body in the brain, organs, muscles, tissues, immune system and skeletal system. Through the direct and indirect action of the body’s naturally produced endocannabinoids (neurotransmitters) binding to receptors on cells to activate and regulate basic processes, which include, pain response, stress response, sleep and mood, there is an indication of how CBD may benefit sleep.
As a plant based cannabinoid, CBD in some ways mimics the actions of endocannabinoids and/or influences enhanced endocannabinoid response. Since the overarching goal of the ECS is to bring all functions of the body to homeostasis (balance/equilibrium) and sleep is included in the ECS regulatory processes, it stands to reason that CBD can play a role in supporting the function of sleep.
CBD For Enhancing the Sleep-Wake Cycle
The main function of the ECS, with respect to sleep, is the balancing of the sleep-wake cycle. This means that your body’s regulatory sleep function is operating in balance (homeostasis) and therefore, your natural circadian rhythm, which is your natural, internal system (body clock) that regulates feelings of sleepiness and wakefulness over a 24-hour period. These processes may benefit, over the long term, by the use of Natural CBD Products to support this overall function.
Other Ways CBD May Support Sleep
The two most common reasons for difficulty sleeping are stress/anxiety and pain. Anecdotal evidence and research suggests that CBD may be beneficial for supporting pain response and anxiety and sleep response. CBD for stress, pain and sleep has gained exponential popularity due to the overall support people experience in these related areas, with the use of CBD products. CBD has a calming and releasing effect that most people report feeling both physically and mentally, which helps with stress, pain and sleep.
As medical research continues to pursue confirmation of the benefits of CBD for sleep, millions of people are opting to use the natural benefits of one of the mighty hemp plant’s star cannabinoids CBD for improved sleep and brighter, feel great days!
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