COVID Insomnia: Blog 6
As COVID rages on throughout the Globe and the vaccine is rolled out… in some Countries faster than others and we acknowledged the 1st anniversary of the UK’s first lockdown, more and more data is being gathered. One piece of data that has pricked the ears of Quantum 1™ is COVID insomnia!
Many people recovering from COVID notice that their sleep has changed when compared to their sleep prior to contracting the virus. Some people find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep, and others find they wake up earlier than usual and can’t get back to sleep. It might be that you are waking up feeling unrefreshed, like you haven’t slept at all, which can lead to fatigue, stress and anxiety.
There are many reasons why your sleep may have changed as a result of COVID, including the experience of being in a hospital setting can disrupt the natural sleep cycle or: A lack of natural daylight can interfere with the production of a chemical in our brain called melatonin. It is this chemical that makes us feel sleepy. (Source: www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/your-wellbeing/sleeping-well/ )
There are many ways to improve your sleep and the reason for this week’s Quantum 1 blog is to throw CBD in the ring. Studies are showing good results in helping people sleep; easing anxiety and relaxing stress levels, helping anxiety and stress in turn help the sleep pattern.
In the last 25 years, scientists have discovered the existence of a biochemical communication system in the body known as the endocannabinoid system. This complex network of cannabinoid receptors is found throughout the body and in the central nervous system, where sleep is primarily regulated.
We have also learned that the body can manufacture endogenous cannabinoids that act as chemical messengers, but using cannabis-based products has the same effect. Research has found that people may suffer from endocannabinoid deficiencies that result in many different symptoms, including difficulty with sleep. This signaling is thought to influence the activity of various hormones, neurotransmitters, and other cells that affect things like the sleep-wake cycle, emotional regulation, and pain.
Another possible contributor is a terpene called myrcene, which are found in Quantum1CBD oils. Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in plants and fruits and are the basis of aromatherapy. Myrcene has been found to have sedative effects and is also found in high levels in the sleep-inducing herb, hops (the same flower found in beer).
Some medical professionals believe that CBD improves rest by reducing anxiety and pain, allowing individuals to relax so their natural mechanisms of sleep can properly function.
Can it treat Insomnia?
The impact of CBD on sleep may be dose-dependent according to the latest research. Lower doses can have stimulating effect, increasing wakefulness, if this is a result you want from CBD it is best to use your daily recommended dosage by absorbing in smaller doses 2-3 times daily.
To help with sleep, CBD may improve insomnia by decreasing the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, don’t take during the day and absorb your daily recommended dose before bedtime this may give you the result you’re looking for.(Source: www.sleepadvisor.org)