If you regularly have problems with your sleep, you are suffering from insomnia. Statistics show that around a third of adults in the UK have insomnia. That means a lot of really tired people! In fact, when asked, approximately half of us say that we don’t get enough sleep. So what are the symptoms of insomnia and what causes it? Symptoms include:

  • difficulty in getting off to sleep
  • waking up a lot during the night
  • lying awake during the night
  • still feeling tired when you get up in the morning
  • If you lack good quality sleep you can become irritable and find it hard to concentrate. You can feel tired and lose motivation to carry out your normal daily tasks. Insomnia can lead to problems at home or work, and even lead to a breakdown in your relationships.

Possible Causes for Insomnia

There are many reasons why you might find it hard to sleep. Just about all of us will have difficulty sleeping some of the time. When we’re worried about something (such as how we can pay our bills, whether we’ve studied enough for an exam, if we’ve upset our partners in some way) we can spend all night thinking about the situation. But sometimes we fall into a pattern of not sleeping well. This chronic sleeplessness is often due to stress or pain, but it can also be caused by having the bedroom too cold or hot, drinking too much alcohol or working different shifts each week. Sometimes, prescription medicines can mess up our sleep patterns too. And mental illness, such as anxiety or depression, can also lead to insomnia.

How CBD May Help Insomnia

Stress and pain are two of the most common reasons for insomnia. Research shows that CBD reduces inflammation and can protect and repair nerves. This means it may relieve pain that is keeping you awake, or causing you to wake during the night. CBD can also help you to cope with stress and anxiety. It reduces stress hormones such as cortisol and helps you to “bounce back” more quickly after stressful situations. By helping you to relax, CBD could make it easier for you to sleep.

In a study of 103 adults with anxiety or sleep problems, CBD had a positive effect. Anxiety showed the most persistent improvement. Sleep quality also benefitted, but the improvement seemed to gradually lessen over time. Perhaps, if you suffer from insomnia that is not caused by anxiety, it’s best to take CBD for short periods of time (for example, in two week blocks) with gaps in between. More research is needed into this, so I’d love to hear about your experiences.