Clinical Sleep Research (CBD Sleep Disorders)
Early sleep disorders research seem to have started in the 18th century when in 1729, Jean Jacques de Marian, while researching plant growth in darkness, began to associate the circadian rhythms in humans.
Later in the 1800s, research continued on the connection between body temperature and sleep patterns. Sleep research expanded to a scientific field when a French researcher published “The Physiological Problem of Sleep.”
When the hypothalamus of the brain was identified as the area that regulates sleep, Hans Berger, a German psychiatrist, was the first to record an EEG wave pattern to distinguish the difference from sleep and wakefulness.
In the Anatomy of Sleep section published by the NIH, these structures within the brain are explained in more detail. #sleep, #sleepbetter, #sleepcbd, #sleepdisorders
Causes and Symptoms of Sleep Disorders
Many conditions are associated with sleep disorders. The most common causes and symptoms, and most studied, are usually grouped into categories and subcategories. These may include circadian rhythm sleep disorders, insomnia and hypersomnia, and limb movement disorders, to list a few from WebMD #circadianrhythm, #insomnia, #restlesslegs
According to Healthline, many of the sleep disorders found through research may be a result of underlying health problems. Some of these are allergies, chronic pain, stress, and anxiety. These sleep disorders are sometimes diagnosed through the use of Electroencephalograms (EEG), Polysomnography (PSG), and Multi-Sleep latency tests (MSLT).
Treatments with CBD
Over the years of sleep research and studies, many treatments revolved around sleeping pills, cold medications, and breathing devices for sleep apnea.
More and more, the studies have been redirected into lifestyle changes and behavior. The Mayo Clinic, for example, has been studying the use of Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) for insomnia.
All of this leads up to the treatment of sleep disorders focusing specifically on the causes. When looking at the reasons, rather than the problem, CBD for sleep makes complete sense. It’s just like treating insomnia with sleeping pills, masking the symptom without treating the cause.
In our bodies exists something known as the Endocannabinoid System. These cannabinoid receptors (CB1 & CB2), in the brain and nervous system functions to maintain mood, appetite, sleep, and circadian rhythms.
As described above, many of the sleep disorders are treated with CBD today, especially chronic pain management, stress, and anxiety. With that in mind, you can see how CBD and all the cannabinoids found in hemp oil can be a tremendous help with sleep disorders.
One study in The Permanente Journal showed a 79% decrease in the anxiety scores and a 66% improvement in the sleep scores using cannabinoids.
In the same study involving cortisol, a known stress hormone, researchers found that cortisol levels decreased more significantly when participants took 300 or 600 mg of CBD oil. These results suggest that CBD affects the release of cortisol, possibly acting as a sedative.
Conclusion and Tips
There are numerous ongoing studies involving sleep disorders and solutions and treatments. The endocannabinoids found in the hemp and cannabis plants (over 120) and their effects on the endocannabinoid system show a tremendous promise in sleep disorders.
If there is a possibility of a severe medical condition, please see a qualified healthcare specialist for proper diagnosis.
When starting to use a CBD product, there are no standard doses indicated. It’s kind of trial and trial.
One thing is to ensure it is of the highest quality, the best extraction method, superior testing, and, most important, that it contains the full spectrum of cannabinoids promoting the “entourage effect” for the most significant benefits for your needs.
As so many remedies exist for different disorders, the conclusion is using several complementary solutions together. Similar to using a stretching routine but adding yoga may increase flexibility faster.
Using CBD products along with the many free sleep apps can produce excellent restful nights’ sleep.
Massage Therapy using a CBD balm or lotion can promote muscle relaxation, and using edible CBD products or sublingual is an excellent combination for restful sleep.
Finally, the addition of a regular sleep schedule, exercise, relaxation techniques, and other lifestyle changes will surely help. These may include reducing your daily sugar intake and adding more vegetables to your diet and limiting caffeine late in the day, reducing or eliminating tobacco and alcohol. Good night! Sleep well!