Nearly 30% of all Americans suffer from some type of sleep disruption. Whether you have full-blown insomnia or simply struggle getting to sleep sometimes, you may have considered a range of options to treat your sleep issues. Unfortunately, many common treatments for sleep problems can have a sedative effect, leaving you groggy and drowsy the next day.
CBD is associated with getting a better night of sleep. Its sleep-promoting effects are likely due to its ability to relieve underlying conditions that cause sleep disruptions, like chronic pain and anxiety. CBD has very few side effects, and because it isn’t a sedative, it won’t make you tired during the day. In fact, studies have shown that CBD may actually make you more alert.
Whether you are considering CBD to help you sleep better or to help alleviate symptoms of another issue, you don’t have to worry that taking CBD will make you drowsy. While the science on CBD is still emerging, it shows remarkable promise in a number of areas — and won’t make you feel tired.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol — more commonly referred to as CBD — is one of the primary cannabinoids that is found in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds that interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for helping our bodies maintain stability or balance (known as homeostasis).
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is another cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. While THC has a number of health benefits, it also has a psychoactive effect and can make a person feel “high.” CBD is non psychoactive, so it won’t produce these same effects.
CBD is also legal in all 50 states, unlike THC. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the production of industrial hemp in the United States. This hemp — and the products made from it — must contain no more than 0.3% THC to be legal.
Research on CBD and the ECS is still developing. Scientists have speculated that CBD may bind to receptors within the ECS, or that it may boost the presence of endocannabinoids in people who have a deficiency. Whatever the underlying mechanism of action may be, preliminary research has demonstrated that CBD has the potential to boost health and wellness in a number of ways.
Can CBD Help Me Sleep?
CBD may be useful in helping to combat insomnia, a sleep disorder that may make it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both. Insomnia has a number of potential causes, including:
- Acute pain
- A traumatic event
- Chronic pain, such as from arthritis
- Sleep apnea
- Substance use
CBD may help with sleep by addressing the root cause of sleeplessness. For example, preliminary research suggests that CBD can help with anxiety and sleep issues. A 2019 study of 72 adults with anxiety and/or poor sleep found that the majority of patients experienced relief from both problems within the first month of taking CBD. Importantly, the study’s authors found that CBD has very few side effects, particularly in comparison to psychiatric drugs that are commonly used to address anxiety and sleep issues.
Other studies have found that CBD may:
- Reduce anxiety and insomnia associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
- Relieve pain, which can improve sleep; and
- Improve symptoms of a sleep disorder.
CBD is not a sedative. Instead, it helps people who struggle with sleep by providing relief for the issue that is causing their insomnia.
Will CBD Make Me Drowsy During the Day?
Although taking CBD may help you fall asleep and stay asleep, it won’t cause grogginess during the day. That is because — unlike many prescription and over-the-counter medications — CBD does not produce a sedative effect. Instead, it appears to interact with the ECS to reduce the symptoms of physical and mental health conditions (like anxiety) that are known to interfere with sleep.
More significantly, CBD may actually promote wakefulness. According to a 2014 review, CBD may actually help to manage sleepiness. The authors found that CBD may increase alertness and may have therapeutic use for sleep disorders that cause excessive daytime sleepiness.
In 2017, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania found that low doses of CBD can have a stimulating effect, while higher doses can help individuals have a higher quality of sleep. When a person gets “better” sleep, they are less likely to be drowsy during the day.
Importantly, there is a significant difference between THC and CBD when it comes to both sleep and drowsiness. While THC may improve sleep during the short-term, it can have a sedative effect, leading to grogginess and drowsiness during the day.
In contrast, CBD won’t make you tired during the day — and may even make you more alert. By allowing you to get a full night of high-quality sleep, you are less likely to be drowsy during the day when you take CBD. You may also find that you are more wakeful when taking CBD.
Considering CBD? We’re Here to Help.
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who struggle with sleep, CBD can help you get a good night of sleep by easing symptoms of the condition(s) that are interfering with your rest. Taking CBD won’t make you tired during the day. In low amounts, CBD may actually make you more alert.
Green Wellness Life offers a full range of high quality CBD products, each of which has been independently tested. We aren’t healthcare professionals and cannot diagnose or treat any medical condition, but we can offer you the latest research on the science of CBD. Be sure to consult with your doctor before adding CBD or any supplement to your routine.
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