Before going to sleep it is very important to relax your mind and put yourself in a setting that signals your body that it is time to fall asleep. Getting the best quality sleep possible involves things everyone should know like turning off your cell phone and not keeping it nearby, turning off all the big lights in your bedroom just leaving the bedside lamp on and potentially reading a book. book or meditate 1 hour before bed.
But have you ever had trouble sleeping despite all the willpower you put into it? There are several things that could be the cause of poor sleep. It could be stress, chronic or difficult to relieve pain, sleep apnea, or depression. In this article we'll explain how CBD can help eliminate or reduce these sources of poor sleep and how it can improve your overall sleep.
What is CBD?
CBD or cannabidiol is one cannabinoid among dozens of others that can be found in the cannabis plant. A cannabinoid is a certain type of molecule. Some other known cannabinoids are THC, CBG, CBC, and CBN. The best known among these being THC for its psychoactive effect.
The endocannabinoid system and your sleep
Cannabinoids interact with our body through the endocannabinoid system. It is a complex system of molecules and receptors. This system was discovered after the discovery of cannabinoids, and that's why it has this name. “Endo” meaning internal. Our body therefore naturally produces endocannabinoids. This system regulates many important functions in our body, including sleep of course.
The endocannabinoid system works through two cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. The one that directly impacts sleep is CB1. This can be found in the brain and affects our nervous system in general. This receptor plays a role in regulating many other important functions such as digestion, anxiety or mood to name a few.
CB2, for its part, has an indirect impact on sleep. This receptor affects our immune system and therefore regulates functions such as inflammation, pleasure and pain.
It is important to understand that CB1 and CB2 are cannabinoid receptors but are not the only receptors linked to the endocannabinoid system. It is a complex system of receptors, neurotransmitters, hormones and other molecules. A known neurotransmitter that is very important for sleep is serotonin. A high amount of serotonin in your body is associated with wakefulness and a low amount is associated with sleep.
Serotonin naturally releases a very well-known hormone: melatonin. This hormone is responsible for healthy sleep and many take it in tablets to get into deep sleep faster.
How CBD improves your sleep
Overall, CBD can improve the quality of your sleep by allowing you to fall into deep sleep faster and regulate your sleep cycle by making the times you wake up and go to bed much more consistent over the long term. Be careful, CBD is not a magic potion that will make you collapse in your bed after consuming it. Rather, consuming CBD makes it easier for you to find yourself in a situation like, “I feel like going to bed. It's time".
As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, a major source of a sleep problem is stress. It is also the source of many problems such as anxiety, depression or high blood pressure. The good news is that CBD helps reduce stress in the consumer. CBD attacks stress through a variety of receptors. In particular CB1 but not only. Through these receptors, CBD improves our cognitive abilities in stressful situations which decreases the amount of negative reactions. For sleep, this simply means that it will be much easier for you to forget your problems before going to sleep.
Chronic or difficult to relieve pain can be a big problem when it persists during sleep. They make it very difficult to fall into deep sleep and reduce the time we are in this state, which is essential for our well-being. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties and the changes in pain perception it exerts through CB2, CBD greatly improves the quality of sleep in people with pain during sleep.
The sedative and relaxing properties of CBD, felt through the CB2 receptor, also allow for better quality sleep. On the one hand, consuming CBD can minimize the risk of having a cramp while you sleep. You know her? That leg cramp that takes hold of you for no reason during the night and is painful to the point of waking you up?
On the other hand, if you are bothered by sleep apnea, the relaxation brought on by CBD consumption can cause the airways to relax.
Through the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, CBD can have a positive impact on sleep by limiting the factors that prevent you from sleeping. This molecule also helps impact sleep directly through other receptors and regulates the natural amount of serotonin and melatonin in your body. We'll talk about the impact of CBD on serotonin and melatonin in a later article.