Why is CBD said to improve sleep quality?
Insomnia and sleep disorders are modern Japanese diseases that afflict many people, and CBD is said to be effective for such sleep problems and improve the quality of sleep.
This article is dealing with the mechanism by which CBD improves the quality of sleep, the difference in effect from taking sleeping pills, and how to take CBD to improve the quality of sleep.
As a common fact, some people can’t fall asleep even after a while after getting into bed, or finally fall asleep but wake up to go to the bathroom two or three hours later… And some of you may have already experienced this before…
In the case of Japan, Japanese people sleep less than their Western counterparts, with the average time being 7 hours and 22 minutes, the worst in the world according to a 2018 OECD survey.
It is estimated that one out of every five Japanese people has some kind of sleep disorder.
In addition, improving the quality of sleep has been emphasized in recent years because it is said that improving the quality of sleep can improve the usual irritability, improve concentration, and prevent lifestyle-related diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and arteriosclerosis.
And to prevent from those troubles, the well-known CBD is attracting a lot of attention recently, as it is said to provide an approach to the subcoronal sleep problems that many people have…
But what exactly is the mechanism by which CBD improves the quality of sleep?
Symptoms and Causes of Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders
Sleep disorders, which 1 in 5 people suffer from, are problems with sleep for one reason or another that interfere with daily life, social life and social activities.
There are many different types of sleep disorders, depending on their causes and symptoms, and the most common of which is insomnia.
Japanese people in particular sleep very little (so-called “short sleepers”), and there are many salary-men who sleep only 4 to 5 hours a day!
It may be that you yourself just assume that you are a short sleeper, but in fact you may have insomnia or a sleep disorder.
Insomnia may be caused by:
- Stress felt on a daily basis
- Various physical illnesses such as allergic diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes
- Psychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia
- Developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder
- Disturbances in the rhythm of life
- Side effects of alcohol or drugs
- Environmental changes
These are the main causes of insomnia, and sleep is very closely related to the vitality and stability of the body and mind.
A significant lack of sleep can promote serious illness and aging, and it is a fearful condition that cannot be taken lightly as mere insomnia.
Insomnia and sleep disorders are treated in different ways depending on the type and cause, but sleeping pills (sleep inducing drugs) are prescribed to most people with such symptoms.
In the U.S., sleeping pills are usually available at pharmacies.
In Japan, they are prescribed at a hospital under a doctor’s advice.
Sleep inducing drugs stabilize the mind by suppressing the excitation of nerve cells in the brain and make it easier for the brain to fall asleep.
However, sleep aids are also known to have side effects, which can cause drowsiness during the day, headaches, lightheadedness, and falls.
There is also the risk of tolerance and dependence, which can occur if the drug is effective at first but used too much, the dose is increased because a small dose is no longer effective, and the side effects become stronger, or if the patient cannot sleep without the sleep aid.
Benefits of Improving Sleep Quality with CBD
In addition to the purpose of improving the symptoms of sleep disorders such as insomnia, there are many other benefits of improving sleep quality, including faster recovery from physical fatigue, promotion of growth hormones, improved immunity, and mental stability.
What is necessary to improve sleep quality is to diagnose and eliminate the various causes of insomnia mentioned above and eliminate them progressively.
Specifically, at first, it is important to get enough sleep, which means to get to know the appropriate amount of sleep needed for you.
Then you can review your pre-sleep habits.
And finally, you can do exercise moderately.
On top of that, since a continuous sleepless day makes people anxious and wondering whether they will be able to sleep well again at night, it is necessary to create an environment as relaxing as possible before sleep (e.g., not using a smartphone, not reading books, etc.).
Eventually, as CBD is said to be effective for sleep, it is an additional useful tool you can consider to add to your pre-sleep habits.
Why are CBD products expected to alleviate insomnia and sleep disorders?
There have actually been reports showing that CBD can really affect sleep.
In 2019, a collaboration of practitioners from various disciplines (psychiatry, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, neurofeedback, yoga, etc.) in the US conducted a clinical trial in which CBD was prescribed to 72 adults complaining of anxiety and insomnia symptoms.
The results showed that even after just one short month, anxiety symptoms improved in 79% of the patients and insomnia symptoms in 67%.
So as a reminder, how does CBD work?
There is one system that cannot be avoided when discussing the biological effects of CBD.
It is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
The ECS is an important biological system involved in human homeostasis and the maintenance of various functions, and is the general term for the signaling response that occurs when endogenous cannabinoids bind to cannabinoid receptors in the body.
There are two types of cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, which are widely distributed in the body, mainly in cranial and peripheral nerves.
CB1, which is widely distributed in cranial nerves, is deeply related to mental aspects such as mood enhancement and relaxation.
And CBD is playing a role here by acting on the ECS. Although CBD does not directly bind to CB1 or CB2, it enhances the function of the ECS by activating endogenous cannabinoids in the body.
In fact, in 2012, German researchers found that CBD inhibits the degradation of anandamide, a type of endogenous cannabinoid, and promotes the signaling effects of anandamide.
Anandamide is a factor commonly referred to as the “happiness molecule. This means that CBD is involved in the endocannabinoid system, which is triggered by anandamide, and may have a stabilizing and relaxing effect on the mind.
CBD promotes serotonin, which helps maintain mental!
The relaxing effects of CBD are not limited to anandamide.
Other studies have shown that CBD activates 5-HT1A neuroreceptors, which bind to the neurotransmitter serotonin.
Serotonin is believed to suppress anxiety and stabilize mood, and enhancing the effects of serotonin can improve anxiety disorders and depression.
Currently, SSRIs (serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors) work to enhance the effects of serotonin, resulting in improved mental health.
CBD can similarly be expected to promote serotonin function, resulting in a relaxing effect.
And this relaxing effects due to the influence of CBD can finally have a significant impact on sleep.
CBD can improve other symptoms that cause insomnia !
As explained earlier, there are many causes of insomnia, but in some cases, insomnia/sleep disturbances may be a symptom of other diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or developmental disorders, which are the underlying causes.
And CBD may be helpful in such cases as it has a variety of effects, including reducing inflammation, relieving pain and itching, and stabilizing the mind as explained above.
Thus, even those who are unable to sleep due to pain may find that CBD helps to alleviate the pain that is preventing them from sleeping and relaxes their tense minds, allowing them to fall asleep peacefully.
If insomnia is caused by other illnesses, it is essential to treat them.
However, even in such cases, the adjunctive use of CBD may provide a faster recovery with fewer side effects.
CBD oil relaxes and improves sleep quality !
In recent researches, it has been suggested that CBD has real relaxing properties that may improve insomnia and sleep disorders.
Besides, according to an independent survey focusing on the CBD customers habits, as many as 33% of CBD users take CBD for relaxation.
So for those who want to get a better night’s sleep, we definitely recommend CBD, and more particularly:
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