CBD & Sleep Disorders
In the modern world, a decent nights sleep can be a hard asset to acquire.
All kinds of pressures can lead to insomnia. It could be a mental health issue (depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder), certain medications can disrupt a normal sleeping pattern, perhaps something more simple to deal with like the continuous intake of caffeinated drinks, or simple outside factors such as noise or too much light.
The actual figures of sleep disorders effecting the public are hard to calculate, but it is estimated by the American Psychiatric Association that between 6 and 105 of all adults have symptoms severe enough for them to be diagnosed with insomnia disorder.
As well as finding it difficult to get to sleep, people with insomnia often don’t feel refreshed when they wake up from sleeping, either. This can lead to fatigue and other symptoms.
Research suggests that CBD can help treat anxiety, which is a big contributor to sleeplessness. In a study conducted by Scott Shannon, MD et al – Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series which involved 72 patients, the following results were observed.
The results showed that a 25mg CBD pill ingestion on the first month showed the following: 79.2% of all the participants said that CBD resulted in lower levels of anxiety and 66.7% of all the participants said that CBD gave them a better sleep experience. (47 subjects had anxiety, while the remaining 25 experienced a difficult time sleeping. )
|Age||Hours of Sleep|
|Infant (4-11 months)||12-15 hours|
|Toddler (1-2 years)||11-14 hours|
|Preschooler (3-5 years)||10-13 hours|
|School-age child (6-13 years)||9-11 hours|
|Teen (14-17 years)||8-10 hours|
|Young adult (18-25 years)||7-9 hours|
|Adult (26-64 years)||7-9 hours|
|Older adult (65+ years)||7-8 hours|
|Source: National Sleep Foundation|
CBD can affect the sleep cycle.
A study titled ‘Cannabidiol Can Improve Complex Sleep-Related Behaviours Associated With Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Behaviour Disorder in Parkinson’s Disease Patients: A Case Series’ examined four patients with Parkinson’s disease. It was discovered that CBD improved the symptoms of REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD). This is a disorder in which a person acts out their dreams. RBD is associated with poor sleep and nightmares.
A common cause of insomnia is anxiety and stress. CBD helps to regulate cortisol, a stress hormone which negatively impacts sleeping patterns.
CBD helps reduce pain-induced sleeplessness by working on the symptoms rather than anaesthetising the user.
CBD is a promising treatment for movement disorders, helping to reduce tremors and hypermotility.
Reduced symptoms of sleep behaviour disorder (RBD) increases restlessness and increased nightmares.
CBD regulates the body’s sleep/wake cycles, helping to promote wakefulness during daytime and relaxation at night
CBD can help post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that often result in sleep disturbances and REM cycle issues.