Trouble Sleeping? Cannabis Provides Natural Relief For Sleep Disorder Issues
Sleep can be something easy to take for granted until it doesn’t come as expected. One in three Americans toss and turn and stare at the ceiling each night, struggling to get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep.
This recommended amount of sleep is not just a platitude. Inadequate sleep can lead to increased auto accidents and other injuries. Poor sleep has also been linked to cognitive decline, loss of memory, dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Neurologists believe that toxins dangerous to the brain are wasted away during sleep. When sleep does not bring the “tide,” plaques develop and serious brain complications can begin.
People with sleep disorders try a variety of remedies to get good rest ranging from changing daily habits, decreasing caffeine and screen time before bed and exercise. Millions of people also take over the counter and prescription medications despite the side effects and risks to their health. Side effects from these drugs can range from daytime sleepiness, constipation, diarrhea and problems with memory and attention. The drugs can also be addictive and even fatal.
A Natural Alternative For Sleep Disorder Issues
More and more, problem sleepers are reaching for a different solution for their issues: cannabis. A study conducted in September 2017 revealed that nearly half of all cannabis consumers use it primarily as a sleep aid. Research is ongoing, but early studies show that cannabis can improve the duration and quality of sleep. Studies have shown that regular users of cannabis taken orally fell asleep easier and slept better than non-users.
Additionally, people suffering from PTSD have had very positive experiences with cannabis helping to reduce nightmare and night terrors. Insomnia and other sleep disorders are qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in California, Connecticut, Oregon and a handful of other states.
Sleep Apnea Remedy
For those who suffer from sleep apnea, cannabis offers great promise as a natural remedy. Sleep apnea causes the individual to actually stop breathing for a few seconds to a few minutes. This can occur dozens of times in a single evening, leaving the sufferer sleep deprived and worse for wear. Typically, it is a chronic condition. CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure machines are used to help maintain a steady breathing routine through the night. Needless to say, being connected to a machine with breathing tubes can be disruptive and frustrating on its own. Studies have shown that cannabinoids have improved sleep for these patients.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome, (RLS), is another condition that robs people of a good night’s rest. Sometimes classified as a movement disorder because of the irresistible, at times painful, urge it produces to move.
Sometimes it is classified as a sleep disorder because of the involuntary twitching and jerking that can happen in one’s sleep. Other classify it as a neurological condition, since it’s origins exist in the brain. Regardless, cannabis has been shown to help with this issue. In one study, an overwhelming majority of the subjects were helped to sleep better thanks to cannabinoids.
But before you try cannabis to help you sleep combat sleeplessness, there are a few things you need to know. Work with your physician or one familiar with cannabis therapies before making any changes to current medication routines. It’s also important to go to a Greenlight Approved retail partner who can help you find the product that works for you.