CBD For Sleep: Find Your Insomnia Solution
In this guide, you’ll find out exactly how to use CBD to get to sleep when you want and stay asleep the whole night.
Do you toss and turn all night?
Waste hours trying to sleep?
CBD really works:
- Learn how CBD can make you so relaxed you naturally welcome sleep
- Find out how CBD actually deals with the root causes of your insomnia
- Discover how to tailor your CBD for the sleep benefits you want
Getting enough sleep changes your life, relationships, motivation, energy, everything.
Let’s dive in and find out how CBD can solve your sleep problems now.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Video: Sleep Trick That Works
Chapter 2Stress, Anxiety, Depression: Insomnia
Chapter 3Stress & Anxiety Relief: CBD Sleep Aid
Chapter 4Terpene Sleep Aid
Chapter 5Depression and Sleep: CBD Relief
Chapter 6CBD for Sleep: PTSD Treatment
Chapter 7CBD for Sleep: Pain Relief
Chapter 8CBD for Sleep: Allergies
Chapter 9Other Causes of Insomnia
If there’s one thing I know…
You’re not alone in your battle with sleep.
Insomnia is a common disorder.
Insomnia is defined as an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep for a full night.
40% of Americans struggle with insomnia each year.
Before I can show you how CBD will benefit your sleep, let’s get a better understanding of why you’re having trouble in the first place.
Once we identify the root causes of your sleep troubles then choosing the right CBD sleep aid for you is easy.
Tip: Trick Yourself To Sleep
Jim Donovan is a drummer who teaches music and wellness.
Yep, he’s a pretty cool guy.
Like a lot of people, he has anxiety insomnia.
Anxiety insomnia is when you keep thinking and thinking and thinking when you should be sleeping.
His sleep trick quiets your mind and prepares you for sleep in about a minute.
Not bad, right?
Jim’s got a great take on sleep disorders.
You’ll love his insights and cure for insomnia.
Stress Related Insomnia
We all struggle with stress.
But how do you know when the stress in your life has become too much?
Is it causing you to lose sleep?
Then that’s a sign of too much stress.
If stress is keeping you up, let’s find your solution now.
Stress and Sleep
Stress disorders are often the root cause of insomnia.
These are common stress conditions.
What’s your experience with stress keeping you awake?
Anxiety kept me up for years.
I’m a chef and that means late nights.
But, when the lights went out and I was dead tired, I still couldn’t get to sleep.
My mind would keep racing around and around—one thought after the next.
It was years before I understood that my racing mind was anxiety keeping me awake.
How about you?
Does stress affect your sleep differently?
Sleep Onset Insomnia
Sleep Maintenance Insomnia
Stress disorders frequently cause periods of sleep-onset insomnia or sleep maintenance insomnia.
Sleep onset insomnia is when you have difficulty falling asleep.
Sleep maintenance insomnia is not being able to stay asleep through the night.
Of course, you don’t need to have a full-blown stress ‘disorder’ to be kept up at night.
Insomnia comes in waves and sometimes there isn’t a specific cause you can point to.
My ability to get a full night’s sleep seemed to ebb and flow until I started taking CBD.
Sometimes insomnia will track stressful events in your life.
That’s where the research shows CBD helps your sleep.
CBD effects a critical regulatory system in your body.
More on this system later, but that regulatory system is your body’s natural way of relieving stress.
It’s called your ECS.
CBD goes after the root causes of your insomnia by boosting your body’s natural system to handle stress.
The bottom line is CBD tackles your anxiety—and tames it—so you can sleep.
NIH Research: CBD boosts sleep
As we just discussed, CBD affects your body’s system for relieving anxiety and depression.
That system is called your endocannabinoid system or ECS for short.
But what exactly does CBD do for you?
CBD Changes How You Feel
It’s a fact…
You’re supposed to feel good.
You’re supposed to get a full night’s sleep.
Your body has an entire system dedicated to this task so you don’t have to worry about it.
CBD works because it boosts that system.
It helps to balance it.
That system is your endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Notice the cannabinoid part in your Endo-cannabinoid System.
Hemp strains are full of cannabinoids like CBD.
Everybody’s natural regulatory system runs on cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are the chemicals that your endocannabinoid system naturally uses.
Perfect fit, right?
That’s why this whole CBD thing works.
That’s why CBD helps you sleep.
CBD perfectly mimics the chemicals your body already makes to regulate itself.
I find that fact so amazing.
It’s like magic.
CBD for Insomnia: Anxiety
If you’re like me, we both have anxious feelings sometimes.
That doesn’t mean you’re always worrying.
Worries come and go.
The goal of this guide is to not let them keep you up at night.
I bet you know this feeling…
You’re in bed late at night.
The lights are out and you’re comfortable but your brain won’t shut down.
You think about things in your life, repeatedly.
Things that stress you out or anything at all.
You just can’t get your mind to stop thinking.
That’s anxiety keeping you awake.
Even if you don’t feel ‘worried’, your mind not shutting down for sleep is likely a symptom of anxiety.
Sleep onset insomnia is usually caused by anxiety.
In fact, anxiety is one of the most common causes of insomnia.
You’re not alone.
CBD For Anxiety
I take it myself.
CBD can quiet your anxious feelings and help you sleep.
CBD boosts your ECS—the natural system that regulates your mood.
It can make you feel uplifted and relaxed.
CBD affects your endocannabinoid system and you get the resulting mood benefit.
Your endocannabinoid system (ECS) benefits your life in many ways.
Your ECS regulates:
- muscle recovery
- anxiety feelings
- and many more critical functions
Sometimes your endocannabinoid system needs a little help.
That’s where cannabinoids come in…CBD and CBG and CBN to the rescue!
CBD vs. CBG and CBN For Anxiety
Many cannabinoid compounds regulate feelings of anxiety and stress.
CBD is the best known but CBG and CBN help too.
CBN (cannabinol) is found in high CBD hemp strains.
CBN is a powerful sedative.
As I mentioned earlier, I have anxiety problems.
I used to not sleep for 6 or 7 hours.
Wasted time tossing and turning.
CBN helps me get to sleep at my most anxious times—when I need something a bit stronger than CBD.
Sleep Onset Insomnia
CBN works for my sleep onset insomnia when I’m totally stressed.
I take it for acute insomnia symptoms—those times when nothing else is strong enough.
CBN taken with terpenes like linalool has sedative effects similar to Valium.
But, CBN is all-natural and non-habit forming.
Sleep Maintenance Insomnia
Maybe you have no problem getting to sleep but can’t stay asleep for the whole night?
That’s called sleep maintenance insomnia.
My mother struggles with that type of insomnia.
After poor quality sleep, she walks through the next day feeling only half there.
She’s exhausted right out of bed.
She likes CBG because it’s much milder than CBN.
She doesn’t like the feeling of a strong sedative.
She wants something that will make her feel relaxed and help her sleep through the night.
But She never wants to feel groggy in the morning.
CBG has good pain-fighting properties.
Pain is a major reason people wake up prematurely.
That’s one reason it works well for sleep maintenance insomnia.
It helps to quiet the physical conditions that wake my mother too early.
CBG helps with sleep and recovery so you wake up rested.
It has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits too.
CBG relieves pain and the physical symptoms that make it tough to stay asleep.
This is a good time to mention the importance of terpenes.
Terpenes are natural compounds found in hemp.
They’re the aroma compounds that give high CBD hemp strains their unique smell and flavor—but they do a lot more.
Terpenes actually tasty, too.
Coming from a chef, that’s high praise.
Terpenes are helpful in the treatment of anxiety-related sleep problems.
Terpene health and mood benefits are similar to CBD.
But when you take terpenes and CBD together, both compounds become more effective.
Terpene Entourage Effect
Terpenes and CBD work together like a benefits tag team.
This is called their “entourage effect.”
CBD with terpenes lengthens and strengthens the health benefits of both compounds.
For anxiety and stress, CBD with terpenes has its best outcomes when taken together.
Learn more about terpene benefits in our definitive guide to 14 CBD terpenes.
Our guide will quickly change how you think about terpenes, CBD and their effects.
In the next section of this guide to CBD and sleep, I’ll show you which terpenes work best for your specific insomnia symptoms.
Terpenes and CBD for Anxiety
Powerful terpenes for anxiety:
Limonene is found in a wide variety of citrus fruits and high CBD hemp strains.
It helps uplift mood and reduces stress.
NIH research suggests that limonene is an anti-depressant too.
Limonene boosts serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain.
Myrcene is one of the most common terpenes found in high CBD hemp strains.
It’s also found in high quantities in mango.
Myrcene has strong anti-inflammatory properties and sedative effects of it own.
Caryophyllene has wide-ranging anti-inflammatory benefits.
It’s anti-inflammatory properties even benefit brain aging.
Caryophyllene has stress-reducing properties, too.
Caryophyllene is found in high CBD hemp strains, black pepper, cloves, and spices.
Taken with CBD, caryophyllene helps reduce anxiety.
It’s one of the best terpenes for insomnia.
The terpene linalool is found in high CBD hemp strains and lavender.
It’s also found in over 200 plant species.
Linalool is a traditional medicine.
It’s been used for centuries.
In acupuncture, linalool is believed to have circulatory and heart benefits.
Linalool has been studied in western medicine for its stress-relieving properties.
If anxiety is keeping you awake, you may want to try linalool in your CBD oil.
In the next section, we’ll see how CBD for depression can resolve your insomnia and uplift your mood.
CBD For Depression Insomnia
Like anxiety, depression is a psychiatric disorder that can cause insomnia.
If depression becomes chronic, it often leads to insomnia.
This can start a distressing feedback loop.
Depression Insomnia Loop
Depression leads to insomnia.
Insomnia leads to more instense depression.
Which leads to more insomnia.
You get the picture…
Luckily, CBD benefits both sleep and depression.
CBD can break the depression-insomnia loop fast.
A recent NIH study demonstrated CBD has a rapid and sustained anti-depressant effect.
Feel better and sleep better.
That’s the way your life is supposed to be.
Seasonal depression leads to difficulty sleeping.
It’s natural to feel a little depressed as fall turns to winter.
You’re spending more time inside and receiving less sunlight.
This alone can have a depressive effect.
Our bodies are naturally geared to feel this way.
But, sometimes this feeling can come on too strong.
The result is an interruption in your sleep pattern.
CBD restores your sleep cycle quickly and without becoming habit-forming.
You may feel like you need CBD for sleep only in the fall.
CBD can be a bridge to a new sleep cycle while your body to adjusts to shorter days.
That’s why you have such an advantage taking CBD vs pharmaceutical drugs for sleep.
CBD is not habit-forming.
It won’t wreck your sleep cycle when you stop taking it.
Use CBD for insomnia only as long as you need it.
CBD is about putting you in control of your sleep.
CBD For Depression
CBD tincture plus terpenes like limonene change the way your brain uses serotonin and dopamine.
Serotonin and dopamine are the same organic compounds pharmaceutical drugs regulate to relieve depression.
But unlike drugs, CBD benefits depression and insomnia, naturally.
CBD relieves symptoms of chronic and seasonal depression.
CBD helps you get to sleep and stay asleep without the use of habit forming drugs.
CBD for Stress-related Depression
A 2018 study by the National Institutes of Health suggests that CBD treats stress related to depression and anxiety.
As we’ve already discussed, stress is known to be the main cause of insomnia.
But, stress can also cause depression.
The NIH study stated that the exact mechanism of how CBD treats depression was not clear.
Nonetheless, the study results showed CBD alleviates specific types of anxiety and depression.
Specifically, CBD can alleviate anxious feelings in open spaces and anxiety related to public speaking.
CBD depression and anxiety benefits can be boosted by the entourage effect.
The entourage effect occurs when terpenes are added to CBD concentrates like CBD tincture or CBD wax.
In this case, the terpenes linalool, myrcene and pinene are good for anxiety and depression.
CBD for Insomnia: PTSD
PTSD is a major cause of insomnia.
3.5% of Americans are currently struggling with PTSD and 1 in 11 will be diagnosed with PTSD during their lifetime.
PTSD is very common and it leads to insomnia.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition caused by a terrifying event.
PTSD is caused by either experiencing the event or witnessing it.
PTSD can cause severe anxiety, nightmares, fear of nightmares, flashbacks and repeated thoughts about the traumatic event.
Given that list of scary symptoms, it’s understandable how PTSD can cause insomnia of the worst kind.
The good news is CBD for PTSD is a real thing according to recent studies.
PTSD: Anxiety and Depression
CBD has benefits for anxiety (a symptom of PTSD) and depression (a common follow-on effect of PTSD).
A recent study published by the National Institutes of Health in April of 2019 found that an 8-week course of oral CBD reduced symptoms of PTSD in 91% of the participants.
The PCL-5 score (a way of testing for the severity of PTSD symptoms) decreased by a mean average of 28% in study participants.
For a natural, non-habit forming remedy to PTSD, the NIH study suggests CBD causes a substantial decrease in PTSD symptoms.
While the terpene content of CBD oil used in the study is not known, the addition of terpenes such as limonene and pinene could have considerable benefits for those struggling with PTSD sleep problems.
Though insomnia was not specifically addressed in the study, decreasing the symptoms of PTSD through oral CBD consumption could be expected to contribute to better sleep.
CBD for Insomnia: Allergies
One of the main benefits of CBD and terpene consumption is its anti-inflammatory benefits.
Inflammation is one of the main symptoms of allergic reactions.
Inflammation fighting benefits of CBD can be very useful in the treatment of seasonal allergies that lead to insomnia.
By cutting back inflammation and reducing pressure, consumers of CBD oil report their breathing and pain-related symptoms from inflammation are improved.
Congested airways and physical pain are frequent contributors to insomnia.
By taking CBD and terpenes to reduce allergy symptoms, you’re in control and setting the conditions for a restful sleep.
CBD for Insomnia: Pain
CBD has pain-relieving benefits for chronic neuropathic pain and pain caused by inflammation such as arthritis.
CBD interacts with a part of your nervous system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Your ECS extends to parts of your brain, spine and throughout your body.
CBD changes the way pain is transmitted through the nervous system.
CBD and terpenes have inflammation benefits which can relieve joint and arthritis pain.
Physical pain is a frequent obstacle to getting the sleep you need.
Pain-relieving CBD and terpenes will put you on the path to more restful sleep.
Other Causes of Insomnia
Some pharmaceutical medications cause insomnia.
This is something you want to talk to your doctor about.
Medications that are known to cause insomnia:
- some allergy and sinus medication
- blood pressure medications
- medications for heart disease
- some asthma medications
- some depression medications.
There are many ways you can achieve a better night’s sleep.
Tip: Try watching the sleep trick in Jim Donovan’s TED talk video at that beginning of this article.
CBD is helpful but behavior and lifestyle choices can make the difference between getting to sleep or tossing and turning for hours.
Having a bedtime routine, a safe and comfortable place to sleep, and not using technology before bed are all good examples of lifestyle sleep aids.
Nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol are known factors that contribute to difficulty sleeping.
Decreasing your consumption of any of these can benefit your sleep quality and help get you to sleep faster.
If you’re looking for an evening relaxer, lay off the Nic and Alcohol.
Try CBD hemp.
That’s what I do once my kitchen closes up for the evening.
It’s my favorite part of the day.
There are tons of tasty strains and they’re legal in the U.S. since 2018.
Develop a new nightly routine with CBD that helps you sleep.