A good night’s sleep ensures we are well-rested and have the energy to tackle the day ahead. It also contributes to memory formation, helps grow and repair muscle and tissue and prevents illness. It is also considered critical to business success. Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently revealed that he tried sleeping for less than six hours a night, which ultimately lowered his overall productivity. Scientists have warned that not catching enough z’s can be detrimental to day-to-day functioning, long-term health and overall mental and physical wellbeing.
Unfortunately, sleep eludes many South Africans. According to research by Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), 7.1% of those over the age of 15 experience insomnia, with the probability of having sleep difficulties increasing steadily with age. Among those over the age of 65, 20.5% suffered from sleep problems. Sleep tracking app Sleep Cycle also found that 30% of South Africans get seven hours of sleep each night, while only 27% get the recommended eight hours.
The struggle is real for far too many South Africans, who continue to look for solutions to their various sleep problems. Aside from improving your sleeping environment, Pharmacist and Certified Holistic Cannabis Practitioner Sean Willard suggests opting for a more natural alternative, including Rethink CBD products. “Studies have shown that CBD oil can increase feelings of calm, help with muscle relaxation, decrease acute pain and have anti-inflammatory effects, all of which may help with a better night’s sleep. In fact, a recent study found that CBD reduced symptoms of insomnia more effectively than THC,” he says.
“Because of this, sleep is one of the most popular reasons people turn to CBD oil as a solution when natural sleep supplements fall short.”
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Sleep remains a complicated subject, even among scientists. Willard adds, “We know sleep is essential for health and wellbeing. It is incredibly crucial for many processes that are regulated by the body’s endocannabinoid system, otherwise known as cannabis receptors.” He continues, “the endocannabinoid system regulates the way we fall asleep, remain asleep, the quality of our sleep and even how we wake up. It makes sense that CBD would play an important role in regulating sleep.”
Essentially, CBD products can help with keeping you alert as well as help you to fall asleep. It all depends on how much you take. A study from 2019 reported that out of 72 patients, 79.2% had lower anxiety and 66.7% slept better after taking one dose of 25mg CBD capsules daily.
“In small doses, CBD can help you feel energised, stimulate alertness and reduce lethargy,” adds Willard. “When taken in larger dosages, it can also help soothe any pain preventing you from getting a good night’s rest. If sleep evades you, CBD may be able to help. Get in touch with your healthcare practitioner about improving your quality of sleep with Rethink CBD,” he concludes.
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