Sleep & Relaxation

What are sleep disorders?

Sleep problems include snoring, sleep apnea, and insomnia, and only good sleep can help turn the problem around and return the sleep disorder patient to health. Poor sleep can affect hormone levels, mood, weight, and therefore overall health.

The following are the six most prominent sleep disorders, what causes them, and their severity.

  1. Sleep apnea causes people to have pauses and shallow breaths while they are sleeping. Disruptive sleep can lead to fatigue, overeating, trouble recovering from sports and injuries, and mood swings. However, sleep apnea can be fatal if the patient's breathing stops altogether.
  1. Insomnia can be caused by psychiatric and medical conditions, bad sleep hygiene, specific substances, and certain biological factors. It's possible that insomnia is a problem of your brain being unable to stop being awake (either too much wake drive or too much sleep drive).
  1. Sleep terrors are a parasomnia (unwanted actions during sleep) associated with screaming, intense fear and flailing while still asleep, sometimes accompanied by sleepwalking. Sleep terrors are common in children but can affect adults from time to time.
  1. Sleep deprivation may cause memory problems, depression, a weakening of the immune system, increased chance of illness and increased perception of pain.
  1. Hypersomnia is also known as excessive daytime sleepiness. To diagnose this, a doctor will run several tests, including blood, computed tomography (CT) or MRI scans, a sleep test (polysomnography), and electroencephalogram (EEG) to the electrical activity of the brain.
  1. Snoring occurs most frequently in men and people who are overweight, and it tends to get worse with age. Snoring is caused by things like obstructed nasal airways, poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue, bulky throat tissue, long soft palate or uvula. If ignored and left untreated, snoring could lead to poor sleep, interruptions in breathing, and strain on the heart.

How can CBD help?

Cannabis can be a marvelous sleep aid, which is why many consumers keep some by their bedside. While many sleep disorder patients are aware that cannabis can help you get a good night’s sleep, they can get excellent results without the euphoric high by switching to Cannabidiol. Even those who have been plagued with insomnia for years are finding relief through CBD's gentle effects.

A 2002 study at the University of Illinois showed that cannabis has the potential to help patients with sleep apnea. The study used animal models of sleep apnea and tested the effects of various cannabinoids on breathing during sleep. The study found that THC and oleamide, two cannabinoids found in marijuana, were able to stabilize respiration during all stages of sleep.

So what effect do high-CBD strains help a patient fall asleep? One 2006 study tested the effects of CBD on rats sleeping with lights on and lights off conditions. Cannabidiol increased their alertness when the lights were on and had no changes when the lights were off. Therefore, CBD might hold therapeutic promise for those with hypersomnia, or excessive daytime sleepiness. Want to test it out on yourself? Try CBD edibles in a 10mg or 20mg dose, or a sublingual spray that is high in CBD.

Studies

  1. University of Illinois Study: Functional role for cannabinoids in respiratory stability during sleep
  1. Cannabidiol, a constituent of Cannabis sativa, modulates sleep in rats

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