Being well-rested is about more than just not feeling tired. According to the US Committee on Sleep Medicine and Research,(1) the long-term effects of sleep loss and sleep disorders are associated with a wide range of health problems including depression, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disorder. Sleep truly is good medicine.

Unfortunately, sleep disorders are very common in the United States, with 33 to 50 percent of the adult population experiencing insomnia symptoms at any given time, according to the Cleveland Clinic.(2) While the causes of insomnia and sleep disorders, in general, are complex and can range from daily life stress to serious underlying medical conditions, fortunately, there are some simple ways to get better quality sleep that involve natural substances. 

In this article, we will cover all the ways in which CBD for sleep disorders and insomnia may be a game-changing method to help out where other methods have failed. As one of the premium manufacturers of CBD oils, gummies, and softgels, we want our customers to be as well-educated on the benefits of CBD for sleep as possible. Learn all about CBD, how CBD for sleep disorders is possibly the best natural treatment in the world, and what form of CBD may be right for you.

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What Is CBD?

Good Question. CBD is short for cannabidiol, a compound found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, CBD does not cause the famous "high" effect associated with smoking or consuming the cannabis plant. 

CBD has however been found to be associated with a growing list of medicinal effects. These include everything from pain control to relieving anxiety.(3) In fact, CBD has been found to be especially helpful in neurological disorders and is FDA approved to treat epilepsy. This is why using CBD for sleep disorders, which usually involves neurological mechanisms, makes so much sense.

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Can CBD Be Used For Sleep Aid?

A lot of research has been done on CBD for sleep disorders like insomnia. According to a large clinical trial (4) done on the effects of CBD on anxiety and sleep quality done in 2019, for example, CBD has a "calming" effect on the central nervous system that resulted in better quality sleep scores and lowered symptoms of anxiety in the majority of the human subject

According to the Sleep Foundation, CBD can help with a number of different sleep disorders including insomnia, REM sleep behavior disorder, and excessive daytime sleepiness disorder. 

Types Of CBD Products For Sleep

Because it is a simple extract from the cannabis plant, CBD can be added to many different substances and used to create a wide variety of different forms of CBD products. When using CBD for sleep, it is important to choose a product that you are comfortable taking on a daily basis and that has been created specifically with helping you calm down and get a good night's rest in mind.

Our Dream CBD Oil tincture, for example, has been blended with specific terpenes that aid your body in shutting down and getting a good night's sleep. Our Nighttime CBN+CBD gummies combine the sleep-inducing powers of CBD with the muscle-relaxing properties of CBN, another non-psychoactive cannabis compound, to induce a state conducive to deep sleep. For those that enjoy an easy-to-use and versatile supplement, our CBD softgels put the perfect dose of this powerful natural medicine right at hand whenever you need it. 

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How Do CBD Gummies Help You Sleep?

As we have already seen, using CBD for sleep disorders is a science-backed method to help you get a better quality of rest at night. But now let's take a little bit of a closer look at how CBD affects specific disorders that interfere with the sleep process including anxiety, REM sleep, and excessive daytime sleepiness as well as that midnight dragon; insomnia itself. 

CBD For Anxiety

Anxiety disorders and sleep disorders have been found to be closely intertwined. According to an article (5) published in the academic journal Psychiatry Research in 2020, for example, people with anxiety were five times as likely to experience sleep problems as those in the general population. 

Due to its calming and relaxing effects, CBD is one of the most commonly used natural anti-anxiety remedies, with effects that cross over into helping those with anxiety disorders sleep better at night. According to a 2015 study (6) published in the academic journal Neurotherapeutics, there is strong evidence that supports the therapeutic use of CBD in a wide variety of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder 

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REM Sleep And CBD

Rapid eye movement, or REM, refers to a stage of sleep where there is lots of activity in your eye movement as well as your brain, including dreaming. This stage of sleep is also considered important for memory consolidation, brain development, and emotional processing, according to the Sleep Foundation. 

REM Sleep Behavior Disorder is a medical condition that is characterized by bodily movements during this phase of sleep that can cause you to wake up and therefore miss the powerful resting properties of this stage of sleep. It is common in those with PTSD and other neurological conditions and can lead to serious health issues. According to a 2011 research paper (7) published in the journal Neuropharmacology, however, CBD given to rats effectively "blocked" anxiety-induced REM sleep suppression, which resulted in a calmer and more continuous night's sleep. 

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CBD For Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Disorder

Scientific studies have also found that CBD is helpful for Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Disorder, a condition in which patients feel tired and drowsy during their normal daytime active hours, especially at work. While often thought of as a calmness-promoting compound, a 2019 study (8) published in the scientific journal CNS and Neurological Disorder Drug Targets, found that CBD actually could promote alertness and wakefulness in laboratory animals. The researchers claim that CBD might be a possible treatment for narcolepsy, a condition where people fall asleep during their daytime routine.

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CBD For Insomnia

Insomnia is characterized by the inability to fall asleep at night, or by waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep. It is here that using CBD for sleep may be the most beneficial. A recent systematic review (9) looked at 34 different studies that used CBD alone or in combination with THC for insomnia and found that the majority of them reported "significant improvements" in insomnia and sleep quality. 

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Are There Any Side Effects? 

As a natural remedy, CBD for sleep disorders is very well tolerated and has not been linked to any serious side effects. According to the Mayo Clinic, (10) however, there are some reports of minor side effects including dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness, and fatigue. The biggest risk, however, is not knowing the source and therefore the purity of the CBD, which carries the possibility that it is contaminated with other substances. This is why buying organically grown and sustainable processed CBD products is always the best way to go. 

Interactions Of CBD with Prescriptions

According to the Mayo Clinic, (10) using CBD for sleep on a daily basis carries the risk of interaction with other medications, especially blood thinners. You should check with your doctor just to be safe before combining CBD with other prescription medications. 

Will It Make Me High?

No. While you may feel more relaxed and in a more calm headspace, the "high" associated with cannabis use is due to the presence of THC, not CBD. 

How Much CBD Should I Take To Help Me Sleep?

The proper CBD dosage to help you fall asleep will vary by individual. Our products have a standard dose of 25mg of CBD, which was found in a 2019 scientific case study to improve both anxiety and sleep quality in the majority of human patients. (11) You should always start small and then work your way up to find the most effective dosage of CBD for sleep problems you are experiencing.

Why Should I Choose CBD Over Other Sleep Aids

CBD is a plant-derived natural medicine with very few side effects and lots of science to back up its efficacy. Many prescription sleep medications are sedative-hypnotics with a wide range of side effects, including possible addiction. Using CBD for sleep disorders is the natural choice. 

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Choosing The Best CBD Product For You 

Gummies, oils, pills oh my! Many people have a hard time choosing the best form of CBD for sleep issues to take. We think it all comes down to convenience and preference. Would you rather simply drop some oil under your tongue? Or do you prefer the sweet taste of a gummy? How about the simplicity of having easy-to-swallow softgels that you can pop at any moment? This choice is yours.

Using CBD for Sleep Disorders: The Best Product for You

Although we make all different types of CBD products, we also have several specific formulas designed especially for those that want to use CBD for sleep-related issues.

Dream CBD Oil - This special formula combines our organic, high-quality CBD extract with specific terpenes like myrcene and linalool that are known for helping to induce a calmer state.  

Nighttime CBD +CBN Gummies - Adding the relaxant properties of CBN, another powerful cannabis compound, as well as passion flower extract to our organically grown high-quality CBD results in a powerful plant-powered sleep aid that is one of our best-selling items. 

Whatever you choose, rest assured that you are purchasing the highest-quality pure organically grown CBD products on the market. When it comes to tapping into the incredible power of CBD for sleep-related problems, we have the best selection of products to help you get back to a well-rested, healthy state of being. 


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November 10, 2022 — Dennis Mistrioty

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