CBD for Sleep-Related Disordersjapaorganics
Approximately 70 million people suffer from insomnia here in the United States. A third of individuals between the ages of 18-25 suffer from one of a variety of sleep disorders. When researching online, you’ll find testimonials of individuals suffering from sleep apnea and other related disorders, describing the benefits they’ve had by supplementing with Cannabinol (CBD). There are, however, a few research studies which have taken this notion and attempted to explain it. CBD has shown to have positive effects on those who suffer from insomnia and or other sleep-related disorders including restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea, and especially sleep-related disorders related to anxiety. Studies have showcased CBD’s ability to help those go to sleep and feel better rested overall. These findings have been attributed to CBD’s many health-related benefits including its anxiolytic (anxiety-inhibiting) properties. Studies have concluded that CBD’s ability to curb anxiety, due to its anxiolytic effect, statistically helped those individuals who suffered from Insomnia and other sleep-related disorders.
Due to CBD’s unfortunate and confusing legal status, a lot of the research for CBD is done on rodents, but there have been some successful thought-provoking studies on how CBD effects sleep in humans as well. Some of this preliminary research suggests that CBD helps modulate serotonin levels and has other beneficial properties like anti-inflammatory: anticonvulsant, anti-oxidant, anti-emetic, and anxiolytic. These beneficial properties help combat ailments which can be attributed to most sleep-related disorders. Interesting enough, CBD is commonly labeled as being a sedative, in actuality, CBD is shown to have a small but medically noticeable alertness effect. This mild alert sensation is due to the fact that Cannabidiol (CBD) activates the adenosine receptors in your brain. To give you a better reference, the activation of the adenosine receptors happens when you ingest stimulants like caffeine. However, when ingesting CBD, you will not feel the same alert feeling as you would while drinking coffee. According to the research, CBD seems to reduce effect Rapid Eye Movement sleep. Those individuals who took CBD before sleep had a noticeable reduction in their recollection of dream sleep, a key indication that CBD effects REM sleep. In case you aren’t aware, REM sleep is the stage of sleep in which we experience increased neurological activity, dreaming, bodily movement, and faster pulse and breathing rates. REM sleep, for those suffering from sleep-related disorders like Night Terrors, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and chronic pain, is a stage of sleep patients will want to reduce if not avoid in order to lessen the effects of their condition.
A growing percentage of the population of those sufferers are turning to Cannabidiol (CBD), which studies have shown to reduce the effects of REM sleep. Individuals who suffer from PTSD and other anxiety-related disorders commonly complain about their issues with falling asleep and staying asleep. This issue of sleep can cause devastating effects on the patient’s life, as the quality of sleep in commonly related to the immune system and over mental and emotional stability. Left untreated, the sleep-related disorder can cause insomnia which can lead to severe adverse health effects. Those looking for a solution, have come to find relief in medications which reduce rapid eye movement REM sleep. A recent study in mice showed that CBD can also induce an increase production of Dopamine. This release of Dopamine, in conjunction with activation of neurons in the hypothalamus and dorsal raphe nucleus, creates an alert or waking feeling. The research suggests those who were injected with 40 milligrams of CBD felt a significant decrease in REM sleep over the control group. The research also found that the group, which was administered the 40 milligrams of CBD, had a statistically significant increase in the total amount of sleep they had per night. The findings also suggest that those individuals had a statistically significant increase in their sleep latency when CBD was administered during the light period of the day.
Cannabidiol releases dopamine which intern is responsible for the increased sense of alertness. By increasing wakefulness, CBD oil has also shown to decrease slow wave sleep and REM sleep. These findings suggest that this cannabinoid is a wake-inducing compound that presumably activates neurons in the lateral hypothalamus (LH) or dorsal raphe nuclei (DRN). It is stressed from these early finding that more research is needed but the initial studies are promising.
As we all know, sleep-related disorders are not caused by the same underlining issue. But what CBD can potential due for those suffering from sleep-related disorders is reduced some of the related causations of the disorder, like relieving chronic pain by reducing inflammation which can help those suffering from a physical trauma. In chronic pain cases, the individual is able to sleep for longer periods of time and feel better rested, due to the fact that their chronic pain has been reduced while supplementing with appropriate doses of CBD. CBD’s ability to reduce inflammation can also be especially helpful for those who suffer from sleep apnea.
Other alternative ways to combat different sleep relative issues include: Losing weight, reduce and or quit smoking cigarettes, avoid alcohol, and avoid drinking caffeine within two hours of going to bed. When you combine these relatively easy steps into your daily routine with supplementing a recommended dosage of CBD, can offer much-needed relief for sleep sufferers. From personal testimony and some preliminary research on humans and mice, you can expect to see some overall improvements in your well-being, immune system, nervous system, inflammatory response, added sleep benefits, and provide significant antioxidant support. According to The National Cancer Institute, “Because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brain stem areas controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from Cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.” Yet, we recommend that you check with a medical professional to ensure safety with other medications you might be taking, and of course, see how CBD affects you so you can safely incorporate into your health regiment.
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