Do you struggle to sleep, no matter how tired you are? Tossing and turning from one position to the next, constantly wake up during the night? It is enough to drive anyone mad and if this sounds all too familiar, you are not alone! Affecting up to 40% of South African adults, insomnia can be devastating to all aspects of your health and well-being. Sleep plays an important housekeeping role that removes toxins in the brain that build up during the day – chronic sleep deprivation could lead to serious (and avoidable) health problems.
Scientists have recently discovered that cannabidiol (CBD) positively interacts with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and the receptors in the brain that govern daily sleep-wake cycles in both humans and animals. This can help us manage insomnia, insufficient sleep, and restless leg syndrome (RLS).
When suffering from insomnia, the brain goes into hyperarousal, leaving you ready for action and too alert to drift off. Thanks to its anti-anxiety properties and ability to promote relaxation, CBD produces a calming effect and alleviates the fight-or-flight reaction in the body by naturally increasing melatonin levels, encouraging solid and refreshing REM sleep.