Whether you have trouble falling asleep or often wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble returning to sleep, you are not alone tossing and turning. One third of Americans – that's about 50 to 70 million adults in the U.S. – report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that they are not getting enough sleep every night. More than a quarter of those surveyed by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2016 said they've talked with their doctor about their trouble sleeping, and even more say they "often" or "almost always" feel overly sleepy during the day.
Being tired all the time results in simply an overall lower quality of life. You can have trouble concentrating, remembering things, driving safely, working, taking care of financial affairs and even enjoying your free time. Who has the energy for hobbies if you didn't sleep well the night before – and maybe even before that?
But good sleep patterns are even more important. Sleep quantity and quality can also be a contributing factor to the development of chronic disease.
It can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of a sleep disorder. Of course, short term sleep difficulties could simply be rooted in temporary life stress or construction noise that's happening next door. It's no secret that ear plugs or simply getting out of stressful life situations can help bring about a better night's sleep. But sometimes it's more complex than that.
About half of all adults over the age of 65 have some kind of sleep disorder, and sometimes that's associated to certain prescription medications that the person is taking that interferes with their sleep.
The Cleveland Clinic narrows down the cause of sleep problems – why the brain can't turn off – to one of four main reasons. Let's take a look at each:
1. Physical: This may relate to a chronic pain condition like arthritis or back pain.
2. Medical: Sometimes those with acid reflux, allergies or hyperthyroidism have trouble sleeping. Neurological conditions such as restless leg syndrome or Parkinson's disease can also contribute to the problem.
3. Psychiatric: Sleep problems are often related closely to anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These issues can be causes of insomnia and make already existing insomnia persist.
4. Environmental factors: An uncomfortable bed, a snoring partner sleeping next to you or that darn construction project can also disrupt sleep patterns.
For all of the causes studied by sleep specialists, the person's "circadian rhythm" is disrupted. This is the roughly 24-hour natural pattern that all living beings have to help regulate sleeping and feeding habits. According to science, we all have clear patterns in the way our brains operate, when hormones are produced and released into the body, how frequently our cells regenerate and other biological activity that takes place throughout the day.
The body regulates the circadian rhythms naturally, in large part through the endocrine system, which include all the glands in your body that make hormones. This includes the pituitary gland, hypothalamus and the pineal glands of your brain. The pineal gland is most important when it comes to getting a good night's sleep. It produces a chemical called melatonin, and it helps your body get ready and go to sleep. So, how do you regulate your body's ability to get a good night's sleep? With all the underlying causes, simply popping a melatonin supplement isn't the answer. Here's where the surprising tip comes in.
Not too long ago – starting in the 1990's, in fact – scientists discovered the regulator of the endocrine system, and it is known as the endocannabinoid system. In fact, by 2007, a study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine's National Institutes of Health found the endocannabinoid system also regulates functions of the brain, immune tissues, your body's ability to respond to stress, general energy homeostasis and many other bodily functions. Then, in 2016, a new study was released that showed the direct connection between a healthy endocannabinoid system and healthy sleep patterns.
What is the best way to support your endocannabinoid system? Popping prescription pills with unwelcome side effects (tingling of feet, changes in appetite, constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, headaches, mental slowness, weakness and stomach pains are just part of the list) is not the answer. In fact, preclinical trials in 2014 of many kinds of prescription drugs, including corticosteroids, opioids and even nicotine did not recommend their use for supporting the endocannabinoid system.
It's important to help the natural body find rest with a natural product. That's why so many people are discovering the ability of CBD hemp oil to help them sleep well.
CBD oil is high in CBD, or cannabidiol, which is one of 113 different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD from the hemp plant (which is how Functional Remedies makes its CBD oil for sale), is very different from CBD from the marijuana plant. Marijuana is high in THC (which stands for tetrahydrocannabinoil) and is the compound that stimulates the appetite and provides a euphoric "high." THC can make it difficult for some people to sleep.
CBD oil made from the industrial hemp plant, however, is not marijuana. While both plants are part of the cannabis family, , hemp contains less than 0.3 percent of THC. Hemp is used to make a long list of products, including lotions, non-dairy milk, oil for cooking, clothing, rope and much more. Hemp is completely legal in all 50 states. You do not need a medical marijuana card or live in a state with legal marijuana use to purchase CBD hemp oil. It's completely different.
CBD cannabinoid does not have intoxicating properties. Instead, recent studies show that it offers a large host of benefits for one simple reason: It supports the endocannabinoid system. As you know, the endocannabinoid system regulates the endocrine system, which includes the pituitary gland, which produces the hormone your body needs to sleep. But more so, the endocrine system also helps you manage stress, regulate your body's cycles and much more. Giving your body a regular herbal dietary supplement of CBD cannabinoids will provide a level of homeostasis that is the foundation for a good night's sleep.
To reap the benefits of CBD hemp oil, it's vital that you purchase a high-quality, natural product. CBD hemp oils usually come in three main delivery methods: a tincture, capsules and a salve. For sleep regularity, the tincture or the capsules are more appropriate.
A high-quality, pure CBD oil requires the best seeds, the most effective production and stringent quality control testing. Functional Remedies offers all of these and more to its customers. Patented seeds with superior genetics provide the highest level of CBD cannabinoids with less than 0.3 percent of THC. Those seeds are then grown with care on an organic farm, harvested and transported just three hours away to the laboratory.
In the lab, our technicians use the whole plant (the hemp flowers, leaves and stems, but not much of the fibrous stalk) to create the oil. Other CBD oil producers isolate and extract the CBD to create a white powder that is then added to a base. This is vastly inferior to a whole plant infusion process. By using the whole plant, Functional Remedies takes advantage of what is known as the "entourage effect," which provides the benefits of other cannabinoids, terpenes and nutritional elements of the entire plant to support the endocannabinoid system. The hemp plant material then goes through a unique, gentle lipid infusion method, protecting the plant membrane, to create a sort of tea in MCT oils.
The products are then tested repeatedly before they hit the shelves to ensure the proper potency in each batch. One serving at the end of the day is a good initial serving size to determine results, increasing slowly if necessary.
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