3 min read - by Emmett Cahill
Many recognize the importance of a good night’s sleep, however sleep is often "left in the dark." In fact, about 50% of Americans are getting less sleep than they need. We spend roughly one-third of our lives sleeping and we now understand how closely it is related to quality of life.
Poor sleep is linked to a handful of physical and emotional consequences, such as increased stress levels, cognitive impairment, memory loss, increased inflammation, a weakened immune system, and more. On the flip side, getting a good night’s rest leads to a better mood, clear mind, better appetite control, and an overall greater quality of life.
There are many lifestyle and environmental factors, as well as clinical conditions that can disrupt our sleep, and fortunately, some of them are within our control. One of most impactful changes that you can control today is by introducing CBD into your daily schedule. Clinical studies have shown the positive impact that CBD has on supporting better sleep and overall quality of life. As a natural remedy, CBD has gained in popularity as a non-habit forming alternative to other pharmaceutical drugs, and with good reason.
How CBD Works to Promote Better Sleep
The greatest benefit in using a natural remedy, like CBD, is there are no adverse effects. Experimenting with a trusted CBD brand like Revibe Wellness, means that you don’t have to worry about feeling groggy in the morning, becoming dependent, or any of the other side effects commonly associated with pharmaceutical drugs.
CBD promotes better sleep by naturally regulating cortisol, a hormone that is shown to negatively interfere with sleep. To prepare for sleep, the limbic system needs to go into a parasympathetic state - think meditative or “rest and digest.” The opposite of this is a sympathetic state - "think fight or flight". In the modern information age, our nervous systems are often stuck in a sympathetic state which does not allow our bodies to release tension and slip into a restful night of sleep. In addition, CBD interacts with serotonin receptors, which also plays a role in regulating mood, and GABA receptors in the brain, which calm excessive activity in the brain and promotes relaxation. By applying CBD before bedtime, your body can naturally transition into a parasympathetic state relaxing your mind and easing bodily tension, allowing for a deep and restful sleep.
"Research shows CBD may increase overall sleep amounts, reduce insomnia, and has been shown to improve sleep in people who suffer from chronic pain and inflammation."
An important factor to consider when determining the best product for you is the total duration of CBD benefit. Orally consumed CBD products, such as gummies, tinctures, and beverages provide up to 2 hours of benefit. Transdermal CBD creams, like Revibe Wellness, have a time released benefit of CBD of up to 8 hours. This is especially important to know when introducing CBD into your daily schedule for better sleep. The longer the time release period, the greater sleep benefit you'll experience.
Unlike other sleep remedy options, CBD is safe, effective, and non-habit forming.
Additional Tips for Better Sleep
- Stay on Schedule - Eat at regular times each day to keep your circadian rhythm in sync. Our body receives cues from daylight and the timing of our meals to manage our internal clock. When this is thrown off, from travel, night shift work, or erratic eating patterns, our sleep is often affected.
- Optimize Your Bedroom for Sleep - Set the right temperature (sleep scientist Matthew Walker suggests somewhere around the 68 degrees Fahrenheit mark), invest in comfortable bedding and sleepwear, wear an eye mask and earplugs if you need them.
- Keep a Nighttime Routine - This could mean taking a bath, washing your face, turning on some calming music, meditating, or simply putting down your phone, turning off the TV, and grabbing a book.
- Eat Well - Whether you’re eating poorly because you’re sleeping poorly or the other way around, processed foods, sugar, overeating, excessive alcohol, and caffeine intake can impair our sleep. Instead, eat a balanced diet of whole foods like fruits, vegetables, high-quality proteins, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.
So there you have it, our quick list of a few things that you can start doing today to experience better sleep. Hope this helps.
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