CBD Oil For Insomnia [Is CBD The Cure For Sleep Disorders?]

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CBD Oil For Insomnia could bring relief to over 70 million Americans who suffer from various forms of sleep disorders.

Don't you dread those long, awful nights of laying awake, tossing and turning when sleep doesn't come until it's time to get up for work? Sometimes you ask yourself what may be wrong with you, but since it does not hurt physically, you just 'forget' about seeking help.

Getting a good night's sleep is an important part of living a healthy life. Therefore, suffering from any kind of sleep disorder should not be taken lightly. In today's article, we'll examine the different kinds of this illness and whether CBD Oil could be a cure for sleep disorders.

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Types of Sleep Disorders

To find the right cure, it is necessary to determine what kind of sleep disorder you are suffering from. The most common sleep disorders are:

Insomnia

If you have difficulty to fall asleep and/or wake up several times during the night, you suffer from insomnia. You show these symptoms:

  • Hard time falling asleep
  • Waking up several times and having hard times going back to sleep
  • Being wide awake early mornings
  • You do not refreshed or rested
  • Showing one or more of these symptoms during the day: Moodiness, lack of concentration, prone to drop things, feeling fatigued

Insomnia often is caused by anxiety, stress, and depression, but also by anger, worry, grief, bipolar disorder, and trauma.

Restless Legs Syndrome

RLS is a sleep disorder that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs. Typically, this is brought on in the evening or nighttime hours by  lying down in bed, or sitting for prolonged periods of times. Studies showed that it is associated with daytime sleepiness, irritability and concentration.

The symptoms of Restless  Legs Syndrome lessens when stretching, jiggling your legs, pacing or walking.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a serious sleeping disorder and should not been treated lightly. It occurs when the breathing of a sleeping person is interrupted. IF untreated, people's breathing will stop repeatedly, often a hundreds times or more. Therefore, the brain will not get enough oxygen. 

There are TWO known types of Sleep Apnea:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea - Throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. This is the most common form of sleap apnea.

Signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:

  • Observed episodes of stopped breathing during sleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Loud snoring
  • Abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking
  • Experiencing mood changes, such as depression or irritability
  • High blood pressure
  • Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Nighttime sweating
  • Morning headache
  •  Decreased libido
  • Difficulty concentrating during the day


Source: Majo Clinic

Sleep Paralysis

Now this is one SCARY, weird thing. And I am talking from experience having had some episodes  of this sleep disorder. However, this happened many years ago, but I still remember it as if it was just last night.

When you have an episode of sleep paralysis, you are  conscious but NOT able to move or to speak. Usually, this only lasts a few minutes, but it feels like an eternity, believe me. 

It is not life threatening though, but it scared the 'kabuddle' out of me.

Nacrolepsy

Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder and relatively rare. There are 'ONLY' about 200,000 known cases per year. Nevertheless, it is also a scary disorder you can better do without.

Narcolepsy causes sudden attacks of sleep and sudden loss of muscle tone and hallucinations might occur. The symptoms of nacrolepsy are:

  • Extreme Daytime Sleepiness. All people who have narcolepsy have extreme daytime sleepiness.
  • Cataplexy. This condition causes loss of muscle tone while you're awake
  • Hallucinations
  •  Sleep Paralysis

These sudden sleep attacks may occur during any type of activity at any time of the day.

Sleep Walking

Sleepwalking is most common in children, but adults have it also. The name by itself describes best what it is:

This  disorder that causes people to get up and walk while they're asleep

It happens when a person is going from the deep stage of sleep to a lighter stage, and usually doesn't remember it. 

Sleep walking is relatively harmless. Crawling out of a window or leaving the house and walking into heavy traffic only happens in scary movies. 

Nevertheless, sleep walking is a disorder and needs to be addressed.

Night Terror

Also called 'sleep terror', are episodes of screaming, intense fear and flailing while still asleep. They also are relatively harmless and each episode will end in deep sleep. Most people will not even remember, but will hear 'you woke me up again' for the rest of their lives.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 

Chronic fatigue syndrome occurs more commonly in women and there are more than 250,000 know cases each year. CFS is a complicated disorder  that causes extreme fatigue that can't be explained by any underlying medical condition.

The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown, although some experts believe chronic fatigue syndrome might be triggered by a combination of factors.

Symptoms may include:

  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise
  • Sore throat
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in your neck or armpits
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of memory or concentration
  • Unexplained muscle or joint pain
  • Headaches

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Diagnosing Sleep Disorders

Before a sleep disorder can be treated, your doctor will have to diagnose what exactly the disorder is you suffer from. This includes a physical exam as well as gathering information about your symptoms and medical history. There also should be a series of tests, including:

Electroencephalogram:

This is a sleep study that evaluates body movements, oxygen levels and brain waves to determine how they disrupt sleep

Polysomnography:

This is a sleep study that evaluates body movements, oxygen levels and brain waves to determine how they disrupt sleep

Genetic blood testing:

This is a common blood test  used to diagnose narcolepsy and other underlying health conditions that might be causing sleeping problems

Medical Treatments of Sleep Disorders

Treatment, of course, depends on the type and the underlying cause. However, in most cases, your doctor will advice a combination of medical treatments and lifestyle changes.

Medication & Medical Treatment:

This can include any of the following...

  • Melatonin Supplements
  • Sleeping Pills
  • Allergy or Cold Medication
  • Medication for underlying health issues
  • Breathing device (for sleep apnea)
  • Dental Guard (for teeth grinding)

Lifestyle Changes:

Medication & Lifestyle Changes  TOGETHER may greatly improve your quality of sleep. Be prepared to...

  • Reduce stress and anxiety by exercising
  • Drinking less water before bedtime
  • Reducing sugar intake
  • Incorporating more vegetables and fish into your diet
  • Following a regular sleeping schedule
  • Decreasing tobacco and alcohol use
  • Limiting your caffeine intake

How CBD Might Help With Sleep

Fast forwarding to 'Post Legalization of Hemp Derived CBD Oil'!

A Consumer Reports survey found out that about 10 percent of Americans who reported trying CBD for their sleep disorder said 'that it worked!'.

More and more people turning to CBD for various health issues in general, and help for their sleeping problems in particular.  CBD Oil for insomnia and other sleep issues seems to become a hot item.

Another nationally representative CR survey of 1,267 U.S. adults reports that almost 80 percent of Americans say they have trouble sleeping at least once a week. In addition, they say that existing treatments, particularly prescription and over-the-counter drugs, are often not very effective.

Not enough research studies have been done yet. However,  one study from January 2019 suggests that CBD might help people with short-term sleep problems. 

 Joseph Maroon, M.D., a neurosurgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has researched the effect of cannabis on the brain. He notes that  CBD has properties that could help some people sleep better. Most notably, he added, it appears that CBD eases anxiety and pain, both of which are responsible for sleep disorders.

And then there was this 2017 review in the journal Current Psychiatry Reports saying that CBD may also affect sleep directly, by interacting with receptors in the brain that govern the body’s daily sleep/wake cycles.

However, many questions remain and it will take quiet some time until we have answers to all the questions we have. 

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Should You Try CBD Oil for Insomnia (or other Sleep Disorders)

Unfortunately,  CBD’s benefits for sleep are still unclear and it will be many months, if not even years, until the science community catches up with the phenomenon CBD Oil. However, one fact is uncontested...CBD is safe and without any adverse reactions.

Therefore, CBD does deserve the benefit of the doubt, and a try-out IF you are bothered by any kind of sleep disorder. 

I suffer from PAD (read article here) and found pain relief with CBD Oil from Savage CBD. Of course, I had to experiment with dosage and strength to find out exactly how much to take, and most importantly, what strength the oil should be.

However, CBD did the trick for me, and still is doing its thing. I take 1 serving of 2,000 mg Full Spectrum CBD Oil 3 times a day, and I am able now to walk 1 1/4 mile 4 times a day without any pain in my legs. 

Let me conclude this CBD Oil for Insomnia article with a big Thank You for CBD Oil and the power of nature to support our bodies with remedies for many ailments.

I hope you enjoyed reading my rant as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you have any questions or something you want to share with us, please don't be shy and leave word on your way out. Thanks for stopping by

John Worthy

CBD Oil For Insomnia and other Sleep Disorders

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