What is insomnia?
Insomnia is a broad term to describe prolonged issues with sleeping throught the night.
Many things can cause poor sleep. According to the Mayo Clinic, insomnia can be caused by:
- mental health problems, such as anxiety, PTSD, and depression
- medications that disrupt your sleep pattern
- physical conditions, such as chronic pain
- environmental factors, such as loud noises or an uncomfortable bed
How CBD works to improve sleep
Even studies that conclude that CBD can improve sleep aren’t always able to say why this is the case. However, many researchers say that CBD improves sleep because it tackles the root causes of insomnia.
CBD may help treat:
- the causes of sleepiness
- excessive daytime sleepiness
How to use CBD for sleep
There are several ways to get CBD into your body. Such as tinctures, edibles or vapes.
The dosage of CBD you use, and the time you take it, will depend on a few factors. Your weight, personal body chemistry, and the nature of your sleeping troubles will affect how the CBD works for you and how much you need. What works for some people might not work for others.
Most clinical trials on CBD and sleep have involved giving the subjects anywhere between 10 mg to 1000 mg of CBD per day. It’s best to start with a low dosage and gradually increase it until you find something that works for you.
Much of the research on CBD, anxiety, and sleep has noted that many patients don’t notice an immediate difference. A 2019 study noted that it took about a month for the subjects to notice the full effects. Be patient and remember that you’re unlikely to get immediate results.