Lack of sleep can trigger unwanted behaviours, such as feeling grumpy and decreased productivity. According to the NHS UK, one in three suffer from poor sleep, mainly due to heavily increased use of electronic screen devices and general stress.
However, sleep deprivation can cause much more than just bad moods and a lack of focus.
It also can have significant consequences to your physical health. Regular inefficient sleep, (quality and quantity) can cause weight gain, weakened immunity, low sex drive, and can also raise the risk of more serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Researches have been studying how cannabis may improve sleep quality for many years, but primarily focussing on the cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). More recently, focus has shifted to the phytocannabinoid CBD.
A variety of factors and reasons can contribute to poor sleep and insomnia, including the following:
- mental health conditions (anxiety, depression, PTSD)
- General stress
- medication which is disturbing your sleep-wake cycle
- physical conditions such as injuries, chronic pain, being over caffeinated
- environmental conditions such as light and noise
Of course, If you identify easily treated things such as being over caffeinated or noise conditions, then you should address this first. For the more deeply rooted issues, this is where CBD can jump in. Research is showing positive signs that CBD could be a naturally sourced solution:
- Vigil et al. conducted a study in 2018, published by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, where 419 people with a specified condition of insomnia were tracked and completed 1056 medical cannabis administration sessions using an educational software. They recorded real-time ratings of self-perceived insomnia severity levels prior to and following consumption. The findings showed a positive impact of cannabis on sleep, and the researchers also found that cannabis strains with higher CBD levels more effectively relieved insomnia than ones with higher tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels.
- Kuhathasan et al. (2019) more recently conducted a critical review of clinical studies examining the effects of cannabinoids on subjective and objective measures of sleep and found that the majority showed that CBD had a positive impact on sleep.
- Pain is a factor which can greatly disrupt sleep. A 2018 review looked into preclinical and clinical research of cannabinoids in the treatment of pain. The findings showed that CBD has potential for promising new therapeutic strategies for pain treatment. The PDQ Integrative Alternative and Complementary Therapies Editorial Board (2018) states that pain relief and improved sleep are some of the potential benefits of CBD for people with cancer.
One of the most common causes for low sleep quality is stress and anxiety.Make sure you check out our blog on how CBD can reduce anxiety and stress, and consequently improve quality of sleep!
- Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behaviour disorder, also referred to as RBD, is a sleep condition which has physiological similarities to waking states and is consequently significantly less restorative than other sleep states. RBD is categorised by eye movement, vivid dreaming, and nightmares. Research from 2014 looking into four patients with Parkinson’s and found that CBD improved the symptoms of RBD, offering a deeper and more invigorating quality of sleep.
Every person is different, so it’s important that you trial treatments before committing to using them as a long-term solution. It is also crucial that you find the right CBD dosage that works best for you, so make sure you check out our blog on How to find the right CBD dosage.