The stress of the last few months has really taken its toll on me and my sleep has been affected quite badly. Lockdown and the awful situation of the pandemic has left me feeling quite stressed and anxious. Having a good sleep routine is so important to feeling fresh, motivated and energised. Struggling to sleep can leave you feeling frustrated, anxious and exhausted. This is where over the counter CBD can help. CBD usage has increased in popularity in the recent months, and this natural supplement can help people with sleep problems as well as many other conditions.
What is CBD?
CBD is a compound which is extracted from cannabidiol. It is perfectly legal within the UK. There is no chance of getting high from using CBD products. When looking to purchase CBD, make sure you do your research. Many brands are now stocking CBD products, including Boots, Holland and Barrett and Superdrug. Among other things, studies have shown that CBD can benefit people who suffer with pain on a daily basis, including sciatic and back pain.
CBD and Sleep
Having a bad sleep routine can really affect our overall health and wellbeing. From low mood, poor energy levels and just feeling generally low and miserable. I don’t think people really understand the importance of maintaining a good sleep routine. Working shifts in the past I was sleeping at all times of the night (and day!) and just seemed to be in a constant state of exhaustion and tiredness. Research suggests that CBD for sleep works because the CBD tackles the root cause of insomnia, including chronic pain, PCOS and restless leg syndrome. This helps you to drift off into a deep and lasting sleep, feeling refreshed the following day.
There are several different ways in which you can take CBD, these include:
- CBD Oil
- CBD Capsules or Gummies
- Vaping CBD
Taking CBD Oil is one of the most popular for helping manage sleep and insomnia. The amount of CBD you will need will vary depending on several factors. Your weight, body chemistry, and the nature of your sleeping troubles will affect how the CBD works. What works for some people might not work for others. This is why it is so important to do your research before you try any form of CBD.
Are there any side effects?
Experiencing side effects from using CBD is relatively uncommon. However, there are some minor side effects that you may experience. These include fatigue, diarrhoea, drowsiness, jitteriness, changes in your appetite and some changes in your weight. If you experience any of these side effects, make sure you see your doctor for some advice.
Find out more information about using CBD for Sleep and Insomnia in this article from Healthline.
Disclaimer: It is essential to seek advice from your Doctor before starting any CBD products. If you are taking any prescribed medication or have any underlying health conditions, your GP will be able to advise you on the best and safest way to introduce CBD to help with sleep concerns. Remember, not everything works the same for everyone!