CBD Oil for Sleep: Why It's Better Than Sleeping Pills

Feb 15, 2021Maria West0 comments

Even with a healthy lifestyle, living with sleep deprivation can reverse the positive effects of 1,000 Peloton classes and kale smoothies. And if you’re like 1 in 3 Americans, the ZZZs don’t come easy. That’s why more than 10% of them are turning to CBD to help get a better sleep. 

We know being overtired sucks. It also causes symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, or being mistake-prone at work. It’s no wonder drowsy driving raises your chances of getting in an accident threefold. Unfortunately, the “fix” (aka sleep aids) often have more risks than benefits. So what can we do to help our bodies relax and wind down naturally? 

Building a healthy sleep routine is a crucial part of getting the rest you need every night. But sometimes, we need a little help — from something that works with our natural systems vs. disrupting it. Natural substances like melatonin and CBD pack a goodnight punch without the bad stuff. 

How CBD helps with ZZZs

CBD is non-psychoactive, so you won’t get the “high” from it like with marijuana. CBD interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid system, our complex biological system that has a profound effect on our appetite, sleep, and overall mood.

The stimulation of cannabinoid production in our endocannabinoid system is responsible for the regulation of our mood and sleep processes. It’s the extra “oomph” our body needs. 

Through this process, CBD can drastically alter our mood and sleep processes, leading to its various therapeutic effects such as reducing anxiety. And at the end of the day, what’s better than ending on a high note, without the high?

Sleep better and deeper

Many people find the calming and relaxing effect of CBD to help increase the quality — and quantity — of their time in the sack. 

As a therapeutic compound, CBD can also alleviate certain conditions that make it hard for us to sleep (lookin’ at you, stress). Adding some drops of gummies to your bedtime ritual can help you relax and ditch the grogginess. 

What the research shows: CBD + sleep

Over the last couple of years, CBD has grown quickly in popularity due to its therapeutic effects. Research is compounding, showing these benefits to be true. 

But this has been a topic researched for decades. A 1993 medical study found that CBD decreased participant’s cortisol levels dramatically when they took either 300mg or 600mg of CBD oil.

Cortisol is a stress hormone that can make us more tense if levels exceed normal range. People who have insomnia may have high cortisol levels at night, leaving them more anxious and wired. Those late-night Instagram scrolls aren’t helping, either. 

How to take CBD before bed

Instead of losing hours of precious REM sleep, try adding a CBD + melatonin blend to your bedtime routine. Our SLEEP Drops have 25mg of Full Spectrum hemp-derived CBD and 5mg of melatonin to give your body an extra push to hit the pillow. 

Taking it is easy (and fun!). Drop 1 mL, holding under your tongue for 60 seconds. Swallow, wait, and breathe deeply. CBD works quickly so you should feel the benefits within a half hour. 

If you prefer gummies, try our SLEEP Gummies, which are a chewy alternative. If you want to give both a try, we suggest ordering our SLEEP Kit, which has been a hit for many of our Wise Women. 

Tips for usage

For some, CBD can be the new “chill pill” that will help alleviate various problems – in this case, a lack of quality sleep. Follow dosage guidelines for CBD properly to maximize sleep and therapeutic benefits.

Here are some tips to remember when using CBD to help you get a goodnight’s sleep:

  • Don’t overuse it: While getting enough dosage is important to get its benefits for sleep, don’t start big. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you and found the perfect dosage to help get you into bed and treasure that REM sleep. 
  • Give it time: You’ll likely need to try CBD at night for a few weeks to see effects. Everyone has their own experience, so don’t lose hope if you’re not Sleeping Beauty after one night.
  • Adjust your lifestyle: We love a good supplement, but it’s just that — a supplement. Improve your bedtime routine to set yourself up for nighttime success. For example, you can trade your evening wine for a CBD-infused ginger tea. Add in regular exercise, a balanced diet, and stress-management to improve your overall wellness. 

Shop our SLEEP tincture or gummies to incorporate a quality CBD product into your bedtime routine. Wishing you the sweetest of dreams, Wise Women. 

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