Sleep is Vital to your Health
From infants to elders, sleep is an integral part of your overall health. Don’t let lack of quality sleep contribute to poor health.
Normal sleep patterns are elusive – especially as we age. Sleep is affected directly and indirectly by stress, hormones released by your body and other aspects of your daily life and health.
Improving sleep can be as simple as adjusting the hours when you spend time using your devices such as smartphones and LED televisions. It can also be very difficult to attain when your body is already in a static state of stress and anxiety.
Cortisol, a naturally produced hormone in the human body, is a significant factor in the sleep-wake cycle. Also, melatonin is another significant player in the sleep cycle.
CBD in Sleep-Wake Cycle
Researchers have tested CBD (cannabidiol) in multiple studies involving sleep.
One 2013 study with live rats involved dosing the test animals with various strengths of Cannabidiol while measuring the animals’ sleep-wake cycles.
In the studies, it was discovered that there appeared to be a correlation between higher doses of CBD and improved sleep measurements.
Cannabis has over 100 compounds that have shown likely benefits to the health of humans. If we further understand these compounds and their benefits, we’ll be better prepared to provide more health options more affordably.
Earlier studies suggested that CBD alone was a wake cycle modulator – helping to provide more alertness during daylight hours. This linked well to studies revealing that THC helps modulate the sleep cycle better.
Since Cortisol production decreases the likelihood of restful sleep, anything that would better modulate the cortisol levels would introduce better sleep outcomes.
Duration of sleep is increased when Cannabidiol is used. In a topically related study, it was found that sizeable CBD doses of 300mg to 600mg related significantly to reduced Cortisol levels. When these two components are combined, it may be suggested that there is a relationship between CBD reducing Cortisol and reducing stress levels while improving the sleep-wake cycle.
More studies are anticipated for the direct relationship of CBD to improved sleep as well as the impact of other cannabinoids on the sleep-wake cycle.