When you were little, you probably had a sweet little teddy bear you cuddled before falling asleep. But now, as an adult, it's more like that teddy bear has turned into a bottle of sleep aids, are we right?
Getting a good night's rest seems like it should be such an easy thing. But if you have trouble falling asleep - or even trouble sleeping in general - know that you're a member of a very large club.
It's estimated that 50 to 70 million US adults lay in bed, desperately snuggling their sleep aid at night. Just kidding. (But not really.)
So if you're looking for alternatives that may help you fall asleep, allow us to offer up some clinical data that may intrigue you. Further research is ongoing, of course, but getting a good night's sleep is nothing you should sleep on... (Sorry not sorry.)
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Ways to take CBD oil
If you're new to taking CBD oils, consider yourself welcomed into a wonderland of possibilities! CBD products come in all shapes and sizes.
And your perfect match is waiting for you. (Welcome to the Bachelor - Cannabis Plant Addition!)
A tincture is CBD oil mixed with a carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil. And it's super easy to use.
Simply plop a few drops of your tincture under your tongue. Then, hold it there for about thirty seconds to one minute.
This allows that full spectrum oil to enter into your bloodstream quicker than if you ingested it. Even just a few drops can go a long way - in terms of CBD oil for humans and pet CBD oil too!
If tinctures aren't your jam, there are always gummies infused with CBD oil - full spectrum, broad spectrum, or CBD isolate. These CBD products are perhaps the more popular ones, because who doesn't love a gummy?
They make it easy to take CBD and they often come in a variety of flavors. Talk about a late night snack!
Additionally, gummies allow you to take higher doses in a single bite - like with our delta 9 gummies. But they are best used every now and again, not for repeated use each night.
Like tinctures, vape concentrations get CBD oil into your system faster than other CBD products. That's because it accesses the endocannabinoid system through the lungs and bloodstream.
But there is not much research on the effects of vaping CBD as of now. So feel free to ask your doctor about other kinds of medical marijuana if you are looking for broader options.
Pills and capsules
If you're more into the traditional sleep aid that comes in a pill form, don't worry. CBD oil also comes in these forms too.
As always, just be aware of any other drugs you are taking to avoid negative drug interactions. And consult your medical provider if you have any questions.
Tips for a more restful sleep
Now that you know all of the CBD oil options out there, here are a couple of other helpful hints to get you a good night's sleep. What? We're really invested in you getting some quality shuteye!
#1. Pay attention to what kind of CBD is used
As we mentioned earlier, CBD oil comes in different forms. There's full spectrum, broad spectrum, and CBD isolate - all of which offer a different CBD experience.
Of course, there is no one "nighttime" strain of CBD. And that means you'll have to root around and find what CBD oil works best for you.
But some claim that CBD oil labeled "indica" may have a more relaxing effect. To each their own!
#2. Start with a small amount
When it comes to CBD oil, it is always good to start with a small amount. That way, you can see how your body reacts to the oil.
Then, you can gradually increase how much CBD you consume. But starting small will allow your body to be gradually introduced to the oil.
#3. Make CBD oil a part of your nightly routine
Have you ever heard of good sleep hygiene? Well, after you know what it is, you'll wish you knew about it a lot sooner!
Sleep hygiene and developing a nightly routine is a great way to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep. Maybe you do some light stretches before bed while applying a CBD rub.
Or, maybe you have a cup of herbal, non-caffeinated tea before calling it a night. Either way, each of these routines teach your body that it's time to start winding down.
You can easily make CBD oil a part of your nightly routine. And it may just become another way for you to train your body that it's time for sleep. And good sleep at that!
#4. Look for hidden issues that hinder sleep quality
There may be a lot of hidden issues that are stopping you from getting that good night's rest you've been longing for. So consider a couple of things that might be hindering your sleep quality from being its very best.
Rigorously exercising or drinking caffeinated tea at night can wire your brain and your body back up. Additionally, anxiety and stress can keep your body on high alert - AKA not the ideal state to get to sleep in.
You may also be experiencing certain hormonal changes too. So it's always best to consult your doctor if you notice that your sleep schedule just isn't what it used to be.
Looking for these hidden issues is a great way of determining what the ultimate culprit is. But that doesn't mean you can't also look for products and routines that can help you out in the sleepy-time department.
#5. Lastly, get professional medical advice
We've mentioned this a couple of times throughout the article. But for good reason!
Sleep disorders are alarmingly common in adults. And we all know just how much a good night's sleep can benefit us not only during the next day but in the long run too.
Remember - it's never selfish or trivial to prioritize your wellbeing. In fact, that's exactly what we aim to do at Clean Remedies too!
FAQs about taking CBD oil
We know how hard it is to turn your brain off when it's time for sleep. So hopefully these answers can satisfy your burning questions that keep you up at night!
How long will CBD and its effects take?
When you feel the effects of CBD will depend on how you consume it. Like we said earlier, vaping CBD oil or taking a CBD tincture will get CBD into your bloodstream sooner.
But with edibles or any other CBD products that get ingested, effects may take up to thirty minutes to two hours. This is why it is particularly important to start with a small amount of CBD and wait before adding more.
Remember - it pays to be patient! And counting your sheep too is severely underrated...
When is the best time to take CBD?
There is no one time that's best to take CBD. But what you want to get out of CBD will help you determine when to take it.
Some report that CBD may help them relax and wind down. In that case, they report that taking CBD at night may help them more than if they took CBD in the morning or afternoon.
But others report that CBD may help them feel more energized and engaged. Again, this will depend on the CBD strain you decide to consume.
That's why it is best to do what feels right for your body. And find the time that works for you!
How much CBD should I take?
Starting small is always the way to go. But depending on your body weight, you may need to increase the amount of CBD you consume to feel its effects.
Our best advice is to take it slow and see how your body reacts. While it may be trial and error in the beginning, finding the right amount for you will pay off in the long run!
The importance of getting a good night's sleep really can't be overstated. Not only does a solid evening of sleep help you perform better the following day.
But that warm, fuzzy feeling of having been well-rested simply helps you have a brighter perspective on life. It always pays off to take the time to relax and, well, rest!
So don't slough off in the sleepy-time department. Finding what works best for you to get you the sleep you need is one of the most valiant conquests one can embark upon. Even if that conquest is all about catching Zzz's and taking a little catnap here and there.
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