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CBD & Sleep/Insomnia
What is Insomnia? / What causes Poor Sleep?
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What causes poor sleep?
There are many reasons why some people don’t sleep well.
Mental health disorders, eg anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression.
Medication, which can keep you awake.
Pain, eg severe leg, back pain etc.
Caffeine, especially when consumed late in the day.
Your surroundings eg loud noises or an uncomfortable bed etc.
Let’s look at the causes individually and how CBD may help with them.
Mental health disorders
Anxiety is one of the most common health disorders in the world, affecting 1 in 13 people.
It is a persistent feeling of worry, fear or nervousness.
There are a number of prescription treatments available, including
Valium & Xanax which can provide immediate relief,but, they can become addictive.
Other medications eg Prozac, can provide a reduction in symptoms for some but not for everyone, also they can have side-effects.
CBD oil is a promising treatment for numerous forms of anxiety.
• Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
• Panic Disorder ie Panic Attack
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.(PTSD)
Research has shown CBD oil to have anti-anxiety & antidepressant effects in an animal model.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition caused by a traumatic experience.
It can cause flashbacks, nightmares, feeling very anxious and difficulty sleeping.
Traditional treatments include anti-depressents.
As with all anti-depressants there is the possibilities of side-effects.
Many people are now turning to CBD for a natural alternative treatment.
Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act.
It causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.
It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can lower peoples ability to function at work and at home.
Traditionally treated by the use of Anti-Depressants & Psychotherapy.
However, there are side-effects associated with these.
, Weight gain
, Lower sex drive
, Tiredness & more
Many people are turning CBD oil as a quicker alternative to antidepressants.
It triggers the endocannabinoid system,accelerating the growth and development of nervous tissue with little to no side effects.
Treating depression with cbd oil is a natural remedy that provides patients peace of mind.
It also helps to ease stress by relieving anxiety & insomnia, inducing hunger, providing energy & focus, & enhancing mood.
In addition to this it has also been found that cbd can improve blood flow to areas of the brain connected to feelings of anxiety.
Also, people reported feeling better in themselves & also in the ways their brains responded to anxiety.
This is due to when CBD is ingested it interacts directly with our Serotonin & Dopamine receptors, which in turn influence brain activity and releases more serotonin and dopamine throughout the body, therefore helping you to feel better!
Studies have also shown that THC free CBD may have little or no side-effects.
Medications which can keep you awake.
Many medications for various ailments can have side effects, including sleep reduction.
These are typically prescribed for hypertension (high blood pressure) & arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms).
How they can affect sleep:
They can induce ‘awakenings’ and even nightmares.
It is believed they can do this by inhibiting the night time secretion of melatonin.
Melatonin is a hormone, which regulates both sleep and the body’s circadian clock.
When levels of melatonin are low it could have an effect on sleeping, sometimes resulting in chronic insomnia.
These are used to treat High Cholesterol
.How they can affect sleep:
They can cause muscle pain, which can keep you awake at night and unable to rest.
If you have an injury, ailment which causes you pain, eg arthritis in your joints, etc.
These can also give you pain which can keep you awake.
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