It is a common misconception that you need a high-THC indica cannabis strain to improve your sleep. This isn’t always the case. While THC indica strains do promote relaxation and often help you fall asleep, is it quality sleep? For some, THC can cause dreams that disrupt your sleep or leave you feeling restless. For others, CBD relaxes the body and mind enough to fall asleep, stay asleep and wake feeling rested. There are also those that require the entourage effect to obtain a quality night’s sleep.
We’ll get into the entourage effect in a separate article, but for now, we’ll help you understand how CBD can promote a better quality night’s sleep.
Cannabinol is said to produce five times the sedating properties as indica THC cannabis strains. Strains high in cannabinol and cannabidiol are likely to be more beneficial for achieving a good night’s sleep. Now, it isn’t easy to find a cannabis strain that is high in CBN, but you can create it yourself. Allowing high-THC strains to sit and get old converts the THC to CBN.
Combining CBN and CBD may be effective in helping you fall asleep faster and stay asleep with no lingering “hangover”-like effect. The cannabinol also helps your endocananbinoid system send the right signals to your brain to allow sleep to take place, which is especially beneficial during serious bouts with insomnia.
Cannabidiol has anti-anxiolytic effects, meaning that it can help reduce symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety, work-related stress and happenings in your personal life can prevent your brain from turning off so that you can fall asleep. Using CBD in the evening may help you relax enough to fall asleep a little faster.
When you’re lying in bed, tossing and turning with worry about a big project, a situation that occurred before or the potential outcome of a situation, it increases your anxiety. While you can’t prevent when these things come to your mind, you can help turn the thoughts off.
Induces Sleep Cycle
Sleep involves multiple cycles. Each cycle has a specific set of phases. The third phase of sleep, often the most important, is deep sleep. If you have sleep disorders, getting to that deep sleep stage may seem impossible. Many people are stuck in the REM stage, or light sleep stage, for too long. This means they’re either not fully asleep or are not achieving quality sleep.
Dreaming less is actually good in this case, and using CBD may help reduce your REM stage so that you are dreaming less and sleeping more. Dreams keep your mind awake, moving and disrupting your rest. Reducing your dream stages may also help improve your memory. Dreams may also affect your overall mood, including bouts with depression, so not dreaming as much may help improve depression.
Increased Dopamine Levels
CBD may increase dopamine levels in your body. As more CBD is able to enter the bloodstream, your dopamine levels can increase while you sleep. You’ll feel more relaxed and experience a higher quality of sleep.
Those with chronic fatigue syndrome or experience waking periods overnight may be diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome since their quality of sleep is reduced, so they have a tendency to feel tired more often.
Inflammation often causes discomfort and pain. This can prevent you from finding a comfortable sleep position, falling asleep and staying asleep. If you’ve ever woken up from being in pain, this section is for you. Reducing your inflammation before heading off to bed may help you find that deep sleep stage that you need to feel rested.
Before bed routine suggestions:
- Use CBD products an hour before bed
- Soak in a hot bath with a calming bath salt or oil (eucalyptus and lavender are popular)
- Ask your spouse for a massage
- Spend a few minutes in a hot tub
- Take a hot shower
- Turn off all electronic devices one to two hours before bed and read
- Set a relaxing tone to the room with dimmed lights and light music
Using a combination of the suggestions above, especially including the addition of CBD products, you may find a routine that works for you and helps you achieve a better night’s sleep.
Pain is a leading cause of interrupted or poor quality sleep. It can keep you up, it can prevent you from falling asleep and, in severe cases, it may wake you during the night. Getting back to sleep may be impossible. If pain wakes you, use a fast-acting CBD product like a tincture, vape or oil. If you have dry CBD flower, consider mixing it with an indica THC strain for optimum effectiveness. The CBD may help reduce the psychoactive effects of the THC so that you just feel relaxed and ready to fall asleep.
Overactive nerves can lead to an overactive brain, increased pain, frustration and the inability to fall asleep. There are dozens of reasons that your nerves may be overstimulated. If you’ve had a day of increased physical activity, sustained an injury or even hit a joint on a hard object, it can aggravate your nerves. The buzzing, electrical-like tremors that go through your body can be unsettling – leading to increased stress and anxiety.
To relax your nerves, consider using CBD capsules, tinctures or oils and then head to a hot shower or bath. Consider adding a calming bath salt or oil to the water to induce relaxation. The combination of CBD and your relaxation technique can help settle those irritated nerves so that you may be able to fall asleep a little faster.
Many people require a combination of THC and CBD to achieve the “entourage effect”. For those with more severe sleep disorders, the “entourage effect” may be needed to calm and relax your body enough for you to fall asleep. Consider combining a high CBD strain, like ACDC with an indica THC strain. You can also switch back and forth between CBD and THC vape or use oils. Just watch your dosage and use more CBD than THC. The THC is only there to enhance the CBD and promote relaxation/sleepiness. The idea isn’t to “get high” in order to pass out – the idea is to medicate enough to relax and be able to fall asleep.
Consider a CBD edible a little bit before bed, lay down before it kicks in and just relax in bed until you drift off to sleep. Edibles tend to take 45 minutes to an hour to take effect.
When you don’t get enough sleep or don’t sleep well, it throws off your entire day. Everyone needs sleep to reset their bodies and “recharge their internal batteries”, so-to-speak. Getting sleep is much different than getting quality sleep. CBD is an all-natural approach to calming your mind and body enough to help you sleep better and achieve a better quality of sleep.