How to Use CBD for Sleep: Gummies, Oils, & More
If you struggle falling asleep or staying asleep, you’re not alone. Survey after survey, including one study from the CDC as reported by the American Sleep Apnea Association, discovered that 70% of adults in the US experience insufficient sleep once a month. Many medications are available that claim to help you sleep, but is there an option for those of us who are looking for a more natural solution?
Enter CBD for sleep.
Today, CBD is used by people all around the world. According to Gallup, the top reasons for use are to promote a happier, healthier, and more stress-free life, along with sleep support and other similar reasons. A big part of a holistically healthy life is getting enough sleep.
Can CBD Gummies Help Me Sleep?
If you’ve been having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, you’re probably naturally wondering if CBD gummies can help you sleep. According to research conducted by the Sleep Foundation and reported by Healthline, there is evidence to suggest that CBD for sleep may be a significant way to handle sleep issues. For example, one 2019 study found that among 72 subjects, 47 had anxiety and 25 had poor sleep. After one month ingesting 25mg of CBD in capsule form every day, nearly 80% reported lower anxiety, while nearly 67% reported improved sleep.
More research is necessary to learn about exactly how, but for now, many researchers point out one major observation about CBD: it may be able to improve sleep precisely through its support of the body’s endocannabinoid system. The body’s endocannabinoid system is what many researchers say helps to target root causes of insomnia, such as anxiety or pain.
If you’re considering how to use CBD for sleep gummies or oils, depending on your preference, keep reading for some tips and thoughts on how to incorporate CBD for sleep into your nighttime routine.
How to Use CBD for Sleep Gummies & Tinctures
Identify Your Sleep Needs
Do you have more trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Do you suffer from nightmares or snoring? The intensity of your concerns may be one factor in determining how much CBD you should take each night, but generally speaking, it’s a personal preference. Read more about our CBD Night Oil or CBD Night Gummies for Sleep to help determine which option would work best for you.
Take 30–60 Minutes before Bed
For best results, take your CBD sleep gummies 30–60 minutes before you’d like to fall asleep. CBD tinctures for sleep are a little faster to kick in, so that could be taken 20-30 minutes before bed. Take your dosage, and then go through your nighttime routine—brush your teeth, take care of your skin, and read a chapter in your favorite book. This will give plenty of time for the CBD to kick in, promoting a more restful experience.
Start Small and Increase Slowly
We recommend starting with 5mg (half a dropper) in order to figure out what dosage is best for you. It’s all about finding a happy medium, so you’re taking enough CBD for sleep that you actually sleep better, but not more than you need. Finding that balance is key, so it’s important to slowly increase your dosage if you’re still not getting enough sleep until you find what works for you and your body.
Keep Track of Dosings and Sleep
Along those same lines, it’s important to keep track of your dosage and how you feel, whether CBD for Sleep Gummies or CBD Night Oil. Keeping a sleep journal can really help with this, especially if you’re trying to fix your sleep schedule. If you keep a bullet journal, you can create a page for this at the beginning of each month! Or it can be as simple as just keeping a notepad by your bedside and recording how much CBD you took at night, and how you feel in the morning. (e.g., 5mg, sleepy / 10mg, refreshed).
CBD Gummies and Tinctures for Sleep
CBD’s potential to support the endocannabinoid system which in turn supports a calm sense of being makes it an ideal all-natural ingredient to consider in the search for optimizing your sleep. In our formula, we combined CBD with another all-natural sleep aid: melatonin, the naturally occurring hormone associated with sleep regulation.
With 10mg of all-natural, hemp-derived CBD and 5mg of melatonin, our lab-tested CBD Night Gummies for Sleep come in a tasty blueberry flavor and combine the best of both worlds in order to potentially help with a better quality of sleep, which in turn will improve the time you spend awake, as well. For a sugar-free alternative that’s just as simple to introduce to your nighttime routine, check out our CBD Night Oil. Simply place a drop under your tongue or add to your evening tea and enjoy.
If you’re interested in exploring the many other ways that CBD can be incorporated into your health and wellness routines, take our CBD quiz! As always, make sure you talk with your doctor before taking any new supplements.
How much CBD oil should I take
It’s no secret, the use of CBD oil to treat medical conditions is growing. Yet, despite the growth in success and popularity, there is still not a ton of research in regards to dosing. So, it’s no wonder so many people ask, how much CBD oil should I take.
Everybody is Different
First of all, it’s important to remember that everybody is different. Two people taking CBD for chronic pain for example might not need the same dose.
One person might get relief with 40mg per day, but another patient might need 60mg per day.
Any suggested serving size you might find is generally a reference point. So, it’s important to start small and work up until the desired results are reached.
Below is a general guideline of how much to take. In some cases you might need more or less
• General Health: 10 – 20mg/day (this is my personal recommendation).
• Chronic Pain: 20-90mg/day – (this is a baseline In my opinion, you might find you need more).
• Sleep Disorders: 40-160mg/day
• Glaucoma: 15-40mg/day; over 40mg may increase intra-ocular pressure
These are general guidelines and you should always consult with your primary physician before starting any new dietary supplement or regimen.
What is the condition?
The CBD dosage needed is going to largely depend on the condition being treated. Less severe conditions will need less, and more severe conditions will need more.
If you are just wanting better sleep, you might need as little as 10mg or as much as 40mg. If you are treating epilepsy, you might need as much as 200-300mg per day.
Can you overdose on CBD?
No, you can’t overdose on CBD. There is no known lethal dose of CBD.
When dosing it’s important to start small and work up slow, but it’s equally important to back down your dose if you have any negative side effects.
Some negative side effects might be: drowsiness, lethargy, increased heart rate, or upset stomach. Those symptoms are rare, but if you experience these or any others it’s best to decrease the dose you are taking.
Slow and Steady Wins The Race
It would be a bad idea to start out with more than 10mg of CBD per day. The general mantra is start low, and build slow. There is no reason to take more CBD than needed (it’s easier on the pocket book).
A good starting dose is 5-10mg. If you don’t struggle with sleep – morning might be the best time to take the CBD, as you will be more likely to see the benefits throughout the day. If you struggle with falling asleep, or staying asleep you will want to take your 5-10mg dose right before bed.
After a week of taking 10mg increase your dose by another 5-10mg. If you were taking your dose in the evening, take your second dose in the morning, if you started in the morning, take an evening dose. You might even experiment with micro-dosing thought the day (this is what my wife does for her depression).
For general overall health you will need as little as 10mg per day. For more serious issues such as chronic pain or depression, you might need as much as 40-60mg per day, or more.
CBD Doseage vs. Serving Size
You may have noticed that on the bottles of Hemp Daddy’s the CBD content stated on the front of the bottle is different from the serving size on back.
The reason for that is we want to be clear how much CBD is in the actual product, vs how much “hemp extract” is in the product. For example the bottle might say 20mg of CBD, but the serving says 26mg of Hemp Extract.
The other 6mg is plant parts and other cannabinoids that are also beneficial to your health and healing. Such as: CBD, CBG, and CBN. These are just a few of the HUNDREDS of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
Quality of the Oil Matters
For more on this, you can read my article on, How to choose a CBD product. First and foremost, you want a full spectrum product, not a CBD isolate. With full spectrum CBD, you get what is called the “entourage effect.” It’s where all the cannabinoids present in the plant work together in harmony to achieve the most effective results.
How long until I see results?
Generally it can take up to 25-30 days to build up in your system and see the results you are looking for. If you reach the 25 day mark and aren’t seeing any results, there is a good chance you need to increase your dose.
Noticeable results can occur in as little as one day though. Many people notice better sleep almost immediately. But for others it takes time to build up in the system.
Remember to gradually increase your dose to figure out what works best. You might also want to check out our blog post: How long does it take for CBD oil to work.
For some people it will be possible to even ditch prescription meds, as my wife did with her anti-depressant medication. I’m not a medical professional though, so take my advice with a grain of salt, and do your own research.
Cannabis is a powerful medicine that has been used to treat and cure many conditions and diseases for years, and was only recently outlawed. Things are coming back full circle now though and people everywhere are seeing the benefits of CBD oil.
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