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Sleep is an important part of a healthy life. Despite this, statistics show that getting enough sleep isn’t easy. 50 to 70 million adults in the United States struggle with sleep. Almost 40% of adults say they unintentionally fell asleep during the day in the last month, and nearly 5% fell asleep while driving. The effects of this chronic lack of sleep are serious. Sleep deprivation is a major component of the 100,000 deaths in U.S. hospitals each year due to medical error. Sleep-related car crashes result in roughly 1,550 deaths each year and over 40,000 injuries.  

However, there is hope for sleep problems. Medical research into cannabidiol (CBD) oil is showing great promise in helping restore natural sleep. This non-psychoactive compound that we derive from organic Colorado-grown hemp addresses many of the issues that interfere with a good night’s rest. If you are longing for a good night’s sleep, here are some of the ways CBD oil may help. 

  1. Increased sleep time

Going to bed on time doesn’t do any good if you end up lying there for hours, waiting for sleep to come. A study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology looked at how CBD worked on the sleep-wake cycle. Researchers found that CBD helped with getting to sleep sooner and increased the total amount of sleep. It also increased wakefulness during the day. 

  1. Lessened daytime sleepiness

If you’re not getting enough sleep at night, you probably know the feeling of being overwhelmed by sleepiness during the day. Whether you’re yawning through a meeting or struggling to stay awake on the drive home, daytime sleepiness can be an intrusive problem. It can also complicate sleep problems if you end up napping during the day, making it harder to fall asleep at night. However, it seems that a smaller, daytime dose of CBD reduces sleepiness. This is an example of how CBD works differently from most prescription drugs. It’s not a sedative, that only works to induce sleep, but a compound that helps restore balance. 

  1. Reduced stress

Stress is a major disruptor of sleep. Sometimes you just toss and turn, unable to stop thinking about whatever is bothering you. Research shows that CBD is more effective at reducing stress than diazepam, a common anti-anxiety medication, without causing the sedated feeling. Using CBD oil to cope with situational stress can naturally help sleep come more easily at night. 

  1. Anxiety and depression

A common symptom of both anxiety and depression is a loss of sleep. A review of several studies shows that CBD has both anti-anxiety and anti-depressant qualities. This seems to be because of the way it interacts with receptors in the brain. Losing sleep because of depression or anxiety is a much more serious problem than occasional sleeplessness, so if a safe compound like CBD can bring relief, it’s a huge benefit.  

  1. PTSD

People who are suffering from PTSD often have serious problems with sleep. The most common issue is nightmares, which not only wake people up but leave them with heightened anxiety, making it hard to get back to sleep. However, there is encouraging data that CBD can reduce that nighttime anxiety, improving the important REM stage of sleep.  

Science is just beginning to understand the many ways CBD oil can balance the endocannabinoid system and bring gentle relief to a variety of problems. At TerraVida, we are passionate about sharing the emerging knowledge with you and providing the best quality CBD products. If you’re struggling with sleep, you may find relief in our wide selection of CBD oil products. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. 

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