Did you know that sleep is one of the top 3 reasons people use CBD? At Stop & Smell the Roses, customers come in on a regular basis to inquire about how to use CBD for sleep. Whether you are looking to improve sleep cycles, have trouble getting to sleep (and staying asleep), or wake up still feeling tired, CBD is an excellent solution, and here’s why:
What is CBD?
Before we begin, let’s get the complicated, scientific information out of the way. CBD (or Cannabidiol) is one of over 100 compounds in the cannabis or hemp plant. CBD is non-intoxicating.
There are two groups of cannabinoid receptors inside the body; CB1 and CB2. While THC activates these receptors, giving you a psychoactive “high,” the CBD molecule blocks them and activates other receptors in the body, including adenosine, serotonin and vanilloid. These receptors help the body produce dopamine (which regulates mood, memory and pain reception) and glutamate (which helps with brain cognitive function in the body).
Over the past few years, CBD has become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional, pharmaceutical medications. The plant can help with an endless list of ailments (which we will get to in later posts), but today, we’d like to talk to you about CBD for sleep.
REM sleep vs. deep sleep
Before we can understand why CBD can help with sleep, it’s important to know how your sleep cycle works.
REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) is the sleep cycle where most of your dreaming happens. Your eyes move rapidly in different directions, heart rate increases and your breathing can become irregular. While REM sleep is important for your brain in terms of emotion regulation and memory, it’s also important to note that your body does not do much of its healing during this cycle. During REM, about 50% of your body is healing while the other 50% is working on dream.
When you enter deep sleep, your breathing slows, muscles relax and heart rate becomes regular again. This is when your brain signs off, for lack of a better term. Rather than dreaming, your body uses deep sleep to repair, heal and work on balancing hormones.
As we get older, many adults lose a lot of their deep sleep cycle. Poor sleep cycles can damage pathways to the brain and create an imbalance in hormones, which in turn can lead to anxiety, depression and mobility issues.
CBD for sleep
While CBD doesn’t necessarily act as a sleeping pill that will make you drowsy and exhausted, it does help improve your sleep cycles. By mediating sleep cycles, your body will be able to rest and repair itself much more efficiently each night.
CBD will also reduce grey area in the brain. CBD works to both repair damaged pathways and build new pathways throughout the brain. The less grey area the brain has, the more “complex” the brain becomes, which results in healthier sleep cycles (and many other important benefits).
If you have further questions about CBD and how it can be used to help sleep cycles, contact us! We’re happy to help.