Sleep disorders are very common. They affect up to 70 million Americans every year. Insomnia symptoms occur in approximately 33% to 50% of the adult population, and since problems sleeping can have a big impact on your personal and professional life, it’s important to find ways to improve both the quality and quantity of your sleep before it begins to affect how you feel on a day to day basis.
You may have already tried traditional sleep aids such as sleeping pills, room sprays or an eye mask and ear plugs to block out unwanted disturbances. However, if none of these solutions have worked, you may want to consider a different approach. Hemp based CBD, Delta 8 and Delta 9 are products that many people use to feel more relaxed and encourage a natural sleep, but how do they work?
Cannabinoids have a well-established role in reducing anxiety which makes them an ideal tool to calm intrusive thoughts before laying down to sleep.
More specifically, These products act on the endocannabinoid receptors in the limbic system a set of brain regions known to play a role in many important functions, including the regulation of emotions, storage of memories, sexual arousal, olfaction (or our sense of smell) and forming of learning patterns. When the limbic system is out of equilibrium, such as when an intrusive memory leads to anxiety and insomnia, CBD, Delta 8 and Delta 9 activates the ECS to help repress that memory and, consequently, facilitate sleep. By restoring hormone balance, these cannabinoids act as the great equalizer.
WHY DO I STRUGGLE TO SLEEP?
If you’re having trouble with falling and staying asleep, you may have a better chance of fixing your problem if you know the reason behind it. There are many different conditions that can lead to problems sleeping, such as:
- Delayed sleep phase disorder
- Restless leg syndrome
- Shift work sleep disorder
- Sleep apnea
It could also be that you’re not suffering from any specific condition and that your ability to sleep has been impacted by specific factors. These may include:
- Jet lag
- Lack of exercise
- Poor sleeping habits
- Uncomfortable sleeping conditions (i.e. bedding, temperature, position, lighting, sound)
- Untreated pain
- Varying bed time
WHAT CAN HELP ME SLEEP?
With so many things that can affect our sleep, getting a good night's rest may seem like a daunting task. However, there are several proven ways of encouraging sleep, so if you’re having problems drifting off, you could:
Make changes to your bedroom so it’s darker, warmer, quieter and more comfortable
- Decide on a consistent bedtime
- Exercise during the day
- Focus on relaxing and relieving stress before you attempt to sleep
- Identify symptoms of sleep disorders and base your next steps on that
- Reduce alcohol, caffeine and food intake prior to bedtime
- Remove naps from your daily routine.
Alternatively, if these tips don’t work, you could consider taking a Cannabinoid product. Many people take CBD, Delta 8, or Delta 9 as part of their nightly routine to help them find their calm in the chaos of the everyday. It can help to soothe anxieties and to quell any stresses from the day. Building this into your nightly ritual could allow you a moment to shut off, wind down and prepare for a great night's sleep.
Little Tree Labs has several products that our customers swear by to help them get the sleep they need and deserve.
Delta 8 Tinctures
Delta 8 Gummies
Delta 9 Gumdrops
CBD Honey Sticks
HOW DO YOU TAKE CANNABINOIDS FOR SLEEP?
For tinctures simply place a few drops under your tongue and allow 30 to 60 seconds for it to absorb. It will then move directly into the bloodstream, which will give it the quickest and strongest chance of effectiveness.
it would be advisable to start with a low dosage and gradually increase it over a long period of time. You may want to use just a couple of drops at first, and then begin to add more drops each time you use it until you find the amount that works for you. Delta 8 does have a psychoactive effect alone with the relaxation effects so be sure to plan on not driving anywhere after consuming.
For Edibles we recommend starting with ½ of a gummy or honey stick and increase dosage as needed
WHAT TIME TO TAKE CANNABINOIDS FOR SLEEP
After taking the tincture or eating the gummy, it will probably be about 20 - 40 minutes before you start to feel the effects. For some, it could take a little longer, so we would recommend taking it up to an hour before bedtime to start winding down and letting go of the day's stresses.