When To Take CBD Oil For Sleep

Everyone can appreciate the unparalleled importance of regularly clocking an adequate night’s rest. With a routine set up such that you’re able to rely on consistent restorative nights of sleep, the rest of your life stands that much better of a chance at maintaining a healthy balance. Even with this knowledge, many people are plagued by a shared inability to relax after long days of work. The mind has an uncanny ability to start firing off on all cylinders right when your head hits the pillow. It could be work stresses or other anxieties brought on by the multitude of curveballs that life just loves to toss our way. However, with CBD oil in the mix, you can reconfigure your whole routine and ultimately might even find that CBD oil ends up playing an instrumental role in helping you get the rest that you need on a regular basis.

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It’s key to understand though, how you can properly consume CBD oil so that you reap the most amount of benefits from your experiences. Additionally, with so many equally well marketed and enticing CBD products, it’s not uncommon to find yourself overwhelmed by which CBD oil might be best for what you need. We’ll now take a closer look at some of the best practices for you when you go to consume CBD oil as part of your newfound bedtime routine.

Key Takeaways:

  • Generally, higher dosages of CBD can be more sedative than smaller doses, and in turn, help sleep.
  • While everyone is different, and experimentation may be required, start by taking CBD an hour before bed.

How exactly will CBD oil help?

Even though it’s pretty much known by everyone that to operate at a functional capacity as human beings, we need at least 8 hours of sleep each night, there are a multitude of occurrences and/or anxieties that can come in the way of us not tiredly finding ourselves in the ever-draining state of “sleep debt.” Sleep debt essentially means that you’ve gotten yourself in a situation where you have a compounding deficit of your amount of sleep needed vs. the actual amount of sleep that you get. In order to gracefully sidestep a scenario where you end up in the throes of sleep debt, it’s crucial that you firmly establish an effective and regular bedtime routine. 

You can easily reconfigure your bedtime routine so that you integrate CBD oil as one of your new tools to promote consistent and restorative nights of rest. Scientific studies carried out to this point have provided encouraging evidence that CBD has the potential to play a high-impact role in helping mitigate the effects of mild anxiety, pain, and general sleeplessness. 

How do the benefits from CBD oil work?

These potential benefits brought on by CBD oil can be attributed to the interplay between CBD and receptors that occurs within the endocannabinoid system. This interaction serves an important purpose due to the fact that the endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role in the overall regulation of the processes that go into supporting adequate sleep, mood, pain, inflammation, and memory. Additionally, CBD oil has been studied to such an extent at this point that the evidence gathered thus far suggests that CBD oil could be linked to supporting the healthy regulation of cortisol levels. Left unattended, heightened cortisol levels can be highly disruptive to otherwise healthy sleep-wake cycles.

How do you best figure out your optimal CBD oil dosage levels?

Right off the bat you should take note that varying dosage levels of CBD oil will inevitably provide different benefits and general side effects. When you consume smaller amounts of CBD, these lower dosage levels might provide a stimulatory effect with an underlying sense of calm and clear-headedness, while higher dosage levels of CBD oil have the potential to act as a sedative. Taking that information into consideration it's thus in your best interest to start out by experimenting with CBD oil during the daytime hours. By doing this, you'll have the opportunity to properly suss out your body's reaction to your initial CBD oil dosage, and then you can adjust your future dosages so that you receive optimal results. 

When is the best time to consume CBD oil?

It's key that you have a proper understanding of when to consume CBD oil, before you incorporate CBD oil into your nightly bedtime routine. It's most commonly recommended that you consume CBD oil about an hour before you go to sleep so that the CBD oil has sufficient time to take full effect within your body. For the highest rate of effectiveness and overall absorption speed, you should consume your CBD oil in its tincture form by placing the oil underneath your tongue and then let the CBD oil sit there for 30 seconds before you actually swallow the CBD oil. 

What are commonly experienced side effects of CBD oil? 

On occasion there have been instances where people have exhibited minor allergies to various terpenes or the actual MCT oil itself. The MCT oil is the carrier oil which is derived from coconuts. When you account for full-spectrum CBD, you should note that it contains a myriad of cannabinoids from the hemp plant, which can include trace amounts of THC (all under03%). These trace amounts of THC possess the potential to exercise a unique impact on each individual. CBD can also on occasion interact with certain medications. This is why it's of the utmost importance for you to consult with your doctor before you consume CBD. Last, you should make sure to do your own research on the CBD oil that you plan to purchase, to ensure that the company and its quality control protocols are up to speed. 

How much CBD oil should you generally consume before bedtime?

After you've begun to establish your bedtime ritual, you should swiftly gain a firm understanding of how your mind and body respond to CBD oil. With this comforting CBD tolerance baseline, you can then pivot into establishing your optimal CBD oil dosage levels. With that being said, the FSA recommends that healthy adults take no more than 70mg of CBD per day. Last, it's always in your best interest to begin slow and cautious when it comes to your chosen CBD oil dosage levels. The last thing that you want to do as a newfound CBD consumer is to overreach by taking an amount of CBD oil that is well outside what your established tolerance level can comfortably handle. 

What is CBD oil like vs. other sleep aids?

Countless people praise CBD oil for it being a highly effective sleep aid. The cannabis compound that has been discovered in CBD and attributed to potentially helping encourage people get restful nights of sleep, has also been shown to potentially help mitigate the production of the stress hormone cortisol. 

CBD oil vs. other sleep aids

Many people swear by CBD's effectiveness as a sleep aid. This cannabis compound is believed to help people sleep properly at night by, among other things, suppressing the production of cortisol (the stress hormone) at night, thus acting as a sedative. Another encouraging facet of CBD is when it's compared to other synthetic sleep aids, CBD in general doesn't lead to dependency amongst its consumers, nor does it have any major adverse side effects. Even though various over-the-counter sleep aids can help encourage better sleep on occasion, the long-term usage of sleep aids can result in heightened tolerance levels, and an overall decrease in their effectiveness levels. With CBD incorporated into your arsenal for your bedtime routine, you'll be able to steer clear of a potential route that leads to you having an unwanted dependency on one or multiple over-the-counter sleep aids. 

Closing Thoughts

It's key that you don't get misled by other people that broadcast their own disappointment when not receiving their desired results after using CBD oil as a potential impetus to encouraging more restful nights of sleep. CBD responds differently for each person, and it can take a bit of trial and error to figure out which specific CBD oil is the best fit for you. A potential explanation for the disparity in people's experiences with CBD is that something like one's body fat can vastly reduce the speed at which one will feel the effects from CBD compared to someone with lower body fat content. Outside of that as a variable that can impact your personal experience with CBD, it's most important that you take the time to carry out your own research, consult a medical professional with any pressing health questions you have before you consume CBD oil, and ultimately give yourself time to figure out what kind of CBD oil will work best for optimizing your bedtime routine.

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