There is nothing like a bad night’s sleep to wreck your day. And if you’re consistently experiencing insomnia or bad sleep, it can start to feel like you’re losing your grip on reality.
While herbal teas, less screen time, exercise and better diet can all help to improve sleep quality, there are sometimes things beyond our control which can affect sleep. For example, certain health conditions, hormonal changes such as those during menopause, or even stress or life changes.
When it comes to natural remedies for sleep, more people are realising how CBD can help. So in this post we’ll take a look at how you can use CBD to get a better night’s sleep and feel a bit more you again.
The science of sleep
Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health and wellbeing. It’s something that we all want more of, but it’s also something that we’re not always good at getting.
The science behind sleep is pretty fascinating. You may have heard of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep and NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep, but there are actually five stages of sleep.
Each stage serves a different purpose:
- Stage 1: The first stage of sleep is lightest, with your brainwaves becoming slower as you drift into unconsciousness. Your body temperature drops slightly too. This stage lasts only about five minutes on average before moving on to deeper levels of slumber.
- Stage 2: During this period, which lasts between 10 and 20 minutes depending on age and other factors such as stress levels or alcohol intake prior to bedtime; heart rate decreases further while brain waves become even slower.
- Stages 3 & 4: These two stages together make up deep non-REM (NREM) sleep where dreaming occurs less often than during REM cycles because they tend toward being more restorative than dreamy.
- REM Cycle: During rapid eye movement cycles-which typically occur four times per night–brain activity increases dramatically compared with other types
How CBD can help you sleep better
CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety. Put simply, this means that CBD can help you get better sleep by reducing inflammation, pain, and other symptoms that may interfere with restful slumber. Not to mention that CBD can just promote relaxation and help us to unwind before bed time.
Studies have shown that CBD can help improve overall sleep quality and duration in people who suffer from insomnia or other sleep disorders like chronic pain or PTSD.
At ShelleySupply, we stock a variety of products that contain cannabidiol (CBD), including patches, creams and CBD gummies. But how can you incorporate these into your sleep routine?
Tips for Incorporating CBD into Your Sleep Routine
The best way to incorporate CBD into your bedtime routine, is to also include it as part of a healthy lifestyle. This means you should also avoid things such as:
- Smoking or other stimulants
- Avoid screens for at least one hour before bed
- Avoid eating for at least 2 hours before bedtime
It’s also a good idea to include exercise as part of your daily regime, ideally at least 2 hours before bedtime.
We can also attest to the benefits of a calming herbal tea and even relaxing with a book before bedtime which can help you feel sleepy.
When using CBD for sleep, we think that CBD patches are a great way to get the benefits of a slow release CBD. They are also available in a variety of strengths, making them ideal for adapting to your own requirements.
Edibles such as CBD gummies can also help to promote relaxation, although the sugar content might not be ideal to help you sleep. We recommend taking these an hour or two before sleep if you do choose CBD gummies for sleep.
Other CBD products to try
There are a variety of other CBD products to try.
CBD patches are a great option for those who want to get the benefits of CBD without having to take it orally.
The patch is placed on your skin where it absorbs into the bloodstream through transdermal absorption-without having to go through your digestive system first.
CBD cream works in a similar way, but instead applies directly onto the skin rather than being absorbed via transdermal absorption into the bloodstream. CBD creams are ideal for people who prefer not only getting relief from pain but also want something they can apply directly onto their sore muscles or joints.
CBD dosage and timing
Determining the right dosage of CBD for your needs is an important part of getting better sleep. The amount of CBD you need depends on several factors, including:
- Your weight and metabolism (the higher your metabolism, the more you’ll need)
- Whether or not you’re taking other medications that interact with cannabinoids (such as antidepressants or blood pressure medications)
- How much THC is present in the product you’re using-some products have more than others
If you are taking medication or if you have specific health conditions, we strongly recommend consulting with a health professional before using CBD for sleep.
As for timing, we recommend taking CBD at least half an hour before bed, ideally an hour or more. This also allows you to relax and unwind in the run up to getting your head down.
The benefits of CBD for other conditions
CBD is not just for sleep. It can also be used to treat a number of other conditions, such as pain, inflammation, and anxiety.
It has also been shown to reduce inflammation in the body (which is why it’s so popular with people who suffer from arthritis) and improve overall wellbeing by helping you relax after a long day.
For women experiencing menopause, there may be numerous benefits associated with CBD such as reducing the effect of hot flushes, joint and muscle pain and mood swings. You can even get a CBD lube here at ShelleySupply in case you’re thinking of doing something else before you go to sleep 😉
Best quality CBD from ShelleySupply
If you’re looking for a natural way to improve your sleep, CBD could be the answer. It’s a safe and effective way of treating insomnia, anxiety and other common sleep disorders.
If you want to get started with CBD but aren’t sure where to start or what products are right for you, take a look at the full range of CBD products here at ShelleySupply.
All of our CBD products are 100% natural and contain CBD isolate (excluding the CBD gummies from Orange County which contain broad spectrum CBD).If you’re looking for CBD to help you get better sleep, we recommend starting with our Good Night Sleep CBD patches. With 30 in a pack, each containing 18mg of CBD isolate, you could be deep in slumberland in no time!