Sleep is one of the most important parts of our daily lives, but most of us do not practice healthy sleep habits every day. For adults, doctors recommend getting around 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Nightly sleep will vary depending on your age. Typically, children, teenagers, the elderly, and those with health conditions may require more than 9 hours of sleep a night. Often, our busy lives prevent us from going to sleep at a reasonable time, and various factors can keep us from receiving that quality sleep that we desperately need in order to live healthy lives.
While you sleep, your body essentially works to rejuvenate itself. Your brain is processing information you learned during the day and improving your ability to store it. This leads to increased memory and a greater ability to learn new information. Additionally, sleep regulates your mood. Without sleep, your brain is unable to properly process emotions and create the right response to those emotions, causing your mood to be unbalanced the following day. Sleeping also repairs the muscles and tissues in your body while promoting growth in different areas such as your hair, skin, and height. At the same time your body is repairing and growing, it is also regulating your immune system to prevent illnesses, keeping your appetite under control, and processing glucose. Without regular, good quality sleep, you put yourself at risk for developing health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity.
So, what could be the cause for a lack of sleep?
- Stress/Mental Health Conditions
Lying awake at night thinking about stressors can prevent you from falling asleep. Once you start reminiscing on life problems, it can be easy to concentrate on them instead of sleeping. Mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) may also contribute to being unable to fall asleep.
- Medical Conditions
Sleeping while you’re in pain or sick is never easy to do. Be it a muscle you pulled during the day, lying awake at night due to coughing from a cold, or a medical condition like sleep apnea where you wake up during the night due to breathing issues, it can be difficult to get quality sleep during the night.
- Bad Environment
Disturbances from your surrounding environment such as an uncomfortable bed, bright lights, loud noises, or extreme temperatures can keep you tossing and turning at night.
- Too Much Caffeine
Drinking caffeinated beverages in the afternoon or at night puts you at risk of not feeling tired when it’s time for bed.
Some medications (for example: ADHD medication) may cause you to feel more awake at night than tired.
- Bad Dreams
Bad dreams are definitely unpleasant, but they can happen at any time. Stress or anxiety may increase your likeliness to have unpleasant dreams.
- Inconsistent Sleep Schedule/Jet lag
Having an inconsistent sleep schedule can lead to sleep deprivation. You may be getting little sleep every night or having nights of varied sleep. The more you don’t sleep, the more sleep your body needs. It can be hard to properly catch up on sleep when you are sleep deprived. An inconsistent sleep schedule can be caused by factors such as work hours or jet lag from traveling.
To help yourself sleep at night, you may be turning to sleeping pills, either prescribed by doctors or over the counter, or supplements like melatonin. Sleeping pills are usually made from artificial ingredients and put you at risk of either sleeping too much or waking up in the morning feeling groggy. Melatonin is a more natural supplement that is released by the pineal gland in the brain and signals your body to start feeling prepared for sleep once the sun sets. It can usually be taken every day, unlike doctor prescribed sleeping pills which might be harmful to your body if taken every night before bed.
Taking CBD oil may be a way to improve how your sleep. CBD (cannabidiol) is a chemical compound derived from the hemp plant that can help manage sleeping by potentially relieving symptoms that keep you from sleeping. CBD may also affect sleep disorders that occur during the REM cycle of sleep. In conditions like Parkinson’s disease and PTSD, people are unable to control their bodily movements during the period of the sleep cycle that typically paralyzes you from moving and prevents you from hurting yourself or others. In some cases, CBD has helped those who struggle with this problem, resulting in less movement during the REM cycle which in turn results in better sleep.
CBD soft gel capsules can be used every night before you go to sleep. For sleep problems, the CBD Melatonin Chamomile Rest Softgels may be the best product. The bottle contains capsules that have 25mg of broad-spectrum CBD oil plus 1 mg of melatonin and 1 mg of chamomile. Melatonin and chamomile are added to the CBD because of their relaxing benefits.
*Before you begin taking any kind of supplement for sleep problems, talk with a doctor first because insomnia may be an indicator of a serious health condition.