CBD for Insomnia UK - Can CBD Help with Sleep Issues?
First things first, let's check if you have insomnia.
You have insomnia if you regularly:
- find it hard to go to sleep
- wake up several times during the night
- lie awake at night
- wake up early and cannot go back to sleep
- still feel tired after waking up
- find it hard to nap during the day even though you're tired
- feel tired and irritable during the day
- find it difficult to concentrate during the day because you're tired
If you have insomnia for a short time (less than 3 months)
it’s called short-term insomnia. Insomnia that lasts 3 months or longer is
called long-term insomnia.
How much sleep you need?
Everyone needs different amounts of sleep but on average:
- adults need 7 to 9 hours
- children need 9 to 13 hours
- toddlers and babies need 12 to 17 hours
As a simple rule, You probably do not get enough sleep if you're constantly tired during the day.
What causes insomnia?
The most common causes are:
- stress, anxiety or depression
- a room that's too hot or cold
- uncomfortable beds
- alcohol, caffeine or nicotine
- recreational drugs like cocaine or ecstasy
- jet lag
- shift work
- conditions and other things that can cause insomnia
How you can treat insomnia yourself?
Insomnia usually gets better by changing your sleeping
habits. Here is a list of "do's" and "don'ts"
- go to bed and wake up at the same time every day
- relax at least 1 hour before bed, for example, take a bath
or read a book
- make sure your bedroom is dark and quiet – use curtains,
blinds, an eye mask or ear plugs if needed
- exercise regularly during the day
- make sure your mattress, pillows and covers are comfortable
- do not smoke or drink alcohol, tea or coffee at least 6
hours before going to bed
- do not eat a big meal late at night
- do not exercise at least 4 hours before bed
- do not watch television or use devices, like smartphones,
right before going to bed, because the bright light makes you more awake
- do not nap during the day
- do not drive when you feel sleepy
- do not sleep in after a bad night's sleep and stick to your regular sleeping hours instead
You may also need to see a GP if:
- changing your sleeping habits has not worked
- you have had trouble sleeping for months
- your insomnia is affecting your daily life in a way that makes it hard for you to cope
CBD & Insomnia
What Does the Research Say About CBD?
Until the last few years, there hadn’t been much research into CBD or the effects of taking CBD. Due to its recent popularity from users trying “alternative” remedies, more and more research is being carried out and some of the results are truly amazing.
Some research supports the theory that CBD and cannabinoids do massively improve sleep.
A recent study published in the journal of Medicines, involved 409 people with insomnia. Data was collected over approximately2 years. Participants rated their symptoms of insomnia on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most severe. Starting symptoms were rated 6.6 on average.
The participants were treated using CBD in various forms. After using CBD (as well as other Cannabinoids), participants rated symptoms on average to be 2.2, which was a decrease of 4.5. The results indicated the cannabinoids (CBD etc) quite clearly decreased symptoms of insomnia.
Which CBD Works Best for Insomnia?
CBD Oil/Tinctures and CBD Paste both work the fastest (apart from Vape which is still long-term tested and we do not personally recommend). CBD Gel Capsules are a slower release and are often a great way to try and help with a good night’s sleep as the CBD is slowly released into the body.
Drinks (water soluble CBD etc) are another good sleep aid and finally, CBD Creams. Our unbiased opinion is that these are not the greatest when it comes to trying to help your body relax. The absorption rates are just too low and the CBD Cream is more designed to target a specific area (aching joint etc).
How Much CBD Should I Take?
The secret to taking CBD is to start low and work your way up. The amazing thing with CBD is that often, “less is more”. Start with between 10mg and 20mg and work up to a maximum of 70mg (in 1 day). 70mg of CBD/Day is the Food Standards Agency recommendation and until recently, this figure was 200mg.
When Should I Take CBD?
Regarding Sleep, we always recommend taking your CBD approximately 15-30 minutes before bed. This is purely based on our tried and tested experience.
You can also take small amounts of CBD in the morning and daytime to get your body used to CBD. Doing this will put your body into “Homeostasis” where it just becomes more “balanced” and working better.
What if CBD Doesn’t Help with my Sleep?
The strange thing with CBD is that for some unknown reason, it doesn’t work for everyone? Regarding Sleep, we would say it helps to some degree, about 80-90% of our customers. This is purely based on reviews and Feedback we get on a daily basis.
Lack of Sleep (along with other conditions like Anxiety, Stress etc), can be a living nightmare but they can sometimes be something so simple.
At CBD UK, we are not (and do not pretend to be) Doctors or Medical Experts. All our information is based on 5+ years’ experience working with the finest UK CBD products. Our statement to ALL our new customers is this: “If our CBD doesn’t help, CBD just won’t help”. We are that confident in our products. We know every single step of their journey from seed to store. Lab-Tested for purity, safety and content, all our products are currently going through the EFSA/FSA Novel Food Standards Approval System.