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How Many CBD Gummies Should I Take For Sleep?

Sleep is a universal medicine and we all want a better night’s sleep with CBD and CBN gummies. Dr. Peace Lily offers a Sleep Gummy that is designed to get you a better night’s sleep and formulated with organic CBD and CBN. 

So the question is now how many CBD gummies should I take for sleep? When you don’t get enough sleep then there can be effects felt on your entire body. There is more to sleep than just closing your eyes, a lot is happening in your brain when you go to bed that you may not know about. Sleep may have an important role in removing toxins from the brain that accumulate during the waking hours of the day (1). This is a part of the restorative hypothesis which suggests that sleep is a way to restore your body after the day. The restorative effects may consist of muscle growth, protein synthesis, and brain plasticity. Sleeping also can encourage learning and memory so with less sleep you may have a decreased ability to recall information you have learned. Lack of sleep puts pressure on neurons in your brain that are overworked so that they cannot function up to their full potential (3). If the body is chronically sleep deprived it can lead to an increased risk of high blood pressure, depression, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. This goes to show that sleep is highly connected with the body and contributes to your overall health and wellness.

What is sleep and how can you get a better night’s sleep with CBD and CBN gummies? Several stages make up sleep which can be separated into REM and non-REM stages. The non-REM stages begin with the transition from wakefulness to sleep with light sleep, then the second stage which is still pretty light. The third non-REM stage is deep sleep which is important for the body to rest at night. About 90 minutes after falling asleep your body reaches the REM stage which stands for rapid eye movement sleep. This means what it stands for, your eyes during this stage are rapidly moving back and forth as you are sleeping. This is part of the sleep cycle that is most associated with dreaming (1). What’s interesting is that as you age, less of your sleep is spent in the REM stage.

Now that you are aware of the role that sleep plays on your body and what goes on once you close your eyes, let’s discuss tips to get a better night’s sleep using CBD and CBN gummies. After a long day, the best feeling is to get into bed and close your eyes. For many people, it can be a struggle to fall asleep even if they get to bed at a reasonable hour and are trying to go to sleep. While some can close their eyes and fall asleep within minutes, many people have a hard time and will toss and turn for hours on end. This is frustrating and stressful when you are unsure if you will be able to fall asleep. Besides intervention of prescription drugs, there are many tips I recommend that you can do yourself at home and do not involve getting a prescription from a doctor.

The first word of advice I would recommend is to limit screen time from your devices to at least thirty minutes before bed. The light that comes from your TV or cell phone known as blue light may be something that affects your ability to fall asleep. This light can suppress the production of melatonin that is naturally occurring in your body. Melatonin is typically produced more so at night around the time you would go to sleep. You may be familiar with melatonin as a hormone that facilitates sleep which is also sold as an over-the-counter supplement. The gland that produces melatonin within your body is the pineal gland which is very sensitive to light. Please note that melatonin for sleep can be harmful if taken over a long period and for that reason, melatonin is only recommended for short usage as such jetlag. Your body uses sunlight as a natural indicator of wakefulness while a lack of light would encourage sleep (2). So by substituting TV and other device used before bed with a book you will prevent actively suppressing melatonin.

Another adjustment you can make is to limit caffeine consumption and set a cut-off time so that the caffeine will not impact your ability to sleep that night. Personally, when I had trouble sleeping I would be mindful not to drink coffee past noon to avoid it staying in my system the whole day. Another recommendation is to keep a consistent schedule when it comes to sleeping and waking (5). Ensure that you go to bed at around the same time every night and at a time that would allow for 7-8 hours of sleep per night. If you stay consistent with your schedule it will encourage your body to follow this schedule. When you go to sleep late one night it can affect your body’s ability to fall asleep if you were to try to go to sleep earlier especially. The more consistent the schedule, the easier it is to train your body about what time is the time to go to sleep. 

Set your bedroom up before bed, keep the temperature lower, and make sure the room is dark enough to get a better night’s sleep. A cooler room temperature is easier to fall asleep in than a warmer temperature and decreasing the light in the room will make it easier to fall asleep. Also, you can ensure your bed is only used when you sleep. If you lie in it all day you may be tricking your body into thinking it’s not just for sleep. Also incorporating exercise into your lifestyle has been shown to improve sleep so you could increase physical activity to encourage sleep (5). Aside from these tips that involve simple lifestyle adjustments, there is another recommendation I have for those who find the previous tips unsatisfactory. 

CBD and CBN gummies can also be used to help get a better night’s sleep. You can acquire it without a prescription and it may ease thoughts of worry and promote feelings of relaxation before bed. These are some of the biggest barriers to falling asleep, especially when you have too many racing thoughts before bed. A study found that out of a population of those who started using CBD to help with sleep 65% of participants were able to have improved sleep immediately (4). There are many different formulations to incorporate this compound into your lifestyle including CBD sleep capsules, gummies, and tinctures you can dissolve under your tongue. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before adding to your lifestyle and find the best option for you. Hopefully, you can use one or more of these tips to improve your sleep and general wellness.

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This article was written by Dr. Peace Lily Scientific Communications Intern, Caroline Cassol, and edited by Dr. Najifa Choudhury, PharmD.

References:

  1. Brain Basics: Understanding Sleep. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. https://www.ninds.nih.gov/health-information/public-education/brain-basics/brain-basics-understanding-sleep#:~:text=Sleep%20is%20important%20to%20a,up%20while%20you%20are%20awake. Published September 26, 2022. Accessed December 4, 2022.
  2. Cooper JA. Screens and Your Sleep: The Impact of Nighttime Use. Sutter Health. https://www.sutterhealth.org/health/sleep/screens-and-your-sleep-the-impact-of-nighttime-use#:~:text=Device%20screens%20produce%20blue%20light,their%20brains%20and%20fall%20asleep. Accessed December 4, 2022.
  3. Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Sleep, learning, and memory. Sleep, Learning, and Memory | Healthy Sleep. https://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/benefits-of-sleep/learning-memory. Accessed December 4, 2022.
  4. Pacheco D. CBD as a sleep aid. Sleep Foundation. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-aids/cbd-for-sleep#:~:text=However%2C%20preliminary%20research%20suggests%20CBD,improve%20sleep%20and%20reduce%20anxiety. Published November 14, 2022. Accessed December 3, 2022.
  5. Tips for better sleep. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/sleep_hygiene.html. Published September 13, 2022. Accessed December 4, 2022. 

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