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Poor Sleep Habits.
For a start, poor sleep is dreadful and a very common condition. We will discuss this first and then later look at the best CBD oil for insomnia.
Until fairly recently it seems, it had in general not received much respect from GPs even if it is the second-most common and oppressive mental disorder. Most GPs tend to overlook it because nothing had ever been taught about it in medical school and the etiology of insomnia has never ever been properly understood anyway. GPs are very busy people and rarely like to prescribe sleeping pills – you can quite easily become dependent on them,the pills that is, and understandably GPs prefer to wrestle with more worthy adversaries in the world of infection and disease – insomnia consequently was always a secondary concern for them.
Roughly 25% of Americans suffer from acute insomnia each year. This information is derived from a 2018 study by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, giving a figure that equals 82.25 million for the US alone. Of these 75% will recover without developing chronic or persistent sleep problems. That leaves about 20.5 million who have a chronic problem. No wonder insomnia is such a looming sociological and medical concern these days.
Sleep and the Elderly.
Many of us suffering from insomnia are elderly, so I have added this paragraph for enlightenment. I, Maximus your mentor, certainly have endured many sleepless nights but mainly caused by pain – that was obvious. However, when viewed from a more informed and modern perspective, this may not necessarily be true. Be that as it may, I was regarded as belonging to the secondary subtype. Some of you may recall this categorization which now appears to be obsolete:
In a practical sense and on the basis of etiology, insomnia was divided into primary and secondary subtypes:
- Primary – being insomnia not caused by other disorder or affliction that shows a consistent set of characteristics that could be treated in a fairly standard way. About 25 to 30% of patients could be placed into this category.
- Secondary – historically this was defined as those who suffered from poor sleep resulting from an illness, operation, indeed any medical disorder.
Recent Research into Insomnia.
On January 7th 2019, Lancet Psychiatry published findings by the Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience on Insomnia. These findings were revelatory inasmuch they moved our knowledge base considerably further to a place where researchers may one day be able to obtain answers, in terms of mechanisms and interventions, to the massive problem of sleeplessness.
Part of the problem experienced by researchers is that they have tended to approach insomnia in too narrow a sense. Dr Tessa Blancken and her colleagues at the Institute explains, “While we have always considered insomnia to be one disorder, it actually represents five different disorders…”
Subtypes were identified by checking personality trait profiles:
- Type 1 scored high on such traits as neuroticism and feeling low and distressed.
- Types 2 and 3 scored higher on the distressed – cheerful duality, but were differentiated by a high-low sensitivity to reward.
- Types 4 and 5 scored even higher on the distressed – cheerful duality but were unlike the previous three types in the way their sleep reacted to stress. Type 4 responded by experiencing severe insomnia while the sleep of type 5 remained unaffected.
Even a rank layman can immediately see that insomnia is a very complex condition.
How much sleep do you actually need?
So how much sleep does one need? Everyone is different but on average we need: adults – 7 to 9 hours, children – 9 to 13 hours and babies (up to about 3 years old) about 12 to 17 hours. These figures, for adults that is, strike me as generous. For most of my adulthood I always felt that I had had a good night’s sleep if I got 6 hours. But those were different times and my cumulative lack of sleep may perhaps have been causative in my falling ill in my eighties.
However, rest assured, if you’re constantly weary during the day – you’re not getting enough sleep. But what causes the poor sleep? One could also ask why is this so common when the problem is really so simple?
Reasons for poor sleep can sometimes be obvious, for example: anxiety and depression, stress, illness, a big late-night dinner with alcohol, a strange room and bed, recreational drugs, noisy neighbours, going on night shift or vice-versa, not warm enough or alternatively being too warm, medication. There are many more reasons but quite clearly, poor sleep is a very common ailment in our society.
Our lifestyle magazines and programs regularly give copious advice on what to do – from meditation and yoga, cutting out caffeine, ensuring the bedroom is properly dark at night, regular daily exercise, – but this is stuff you already know and usually it doesn’t work. Then there are those that advise keeping a logbook. There are apps available to guide you. There is sleep hygiene.
Nothing ever seems to work because we are actively doing things to try and make us sleep which when you think about it is contrary to the essence of sleep – it is a paradox, unquestionably you must do nothing, sleep must come to you.
CBD and helping you Sleep.
A very recent study called, “Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A large case series” was published in January 2019 (Shannon S et al. Perm J. 2019;23:18-041. doi: 10.7812/TPP/18-041). The findings were positive and on average most patients, after taking CBD, reported a change for the better. Over time this improvement was supported.
Anxiety overall showed a greater improvement than sleep and sleep was assessed as showing a ‘mild improvement’. But read on – that anxiety and insomnia are twinned is very important, because quite clearly, as anxiety is reduced the chances of your sleep improving is higher.
Dosage was within the range of 25mg to 175 mg and the CBD was well tolerated by patients. A 2004 study found that low doses did not help with sleep at all and an even earlier study found that a relatively high dose of 160 mg worked nicely. Interestingly, I have also heard of a high dose causing poor sleep. Dosage clearly is therefore important to each individual – so please record the effect of the dosage strength and consequences each night.
Researchers in insomnia believe that the information that the level of anxiety in patients dropped was itself very important in the overall picture of sleep success and called it “easing sleep anxiety”. I speak as person, who, for virtually my entire life was regarded as a good sleeper.
When illness came bringing the pain, the ability to sleep like a child of course deserted me. It was replaced by sleep anxiety – a condition impeccably fashioned to stop all sleeping. So you try and do things to help you sleep. But remember what I wrote earlier, that sleep was a paradox, you cannot really make yourself sleep (without narcotic drugs of course), sleep must come to you.
I was then prescribed narcotics to make me sleep and it was only when I finally began using CBD that my life changed. CBD is not a narcotic – it seemed so gentle when compared to those brutal pills. Now even my wife comments that I have returned to my child-like sleeping appearance – I sleep on my back, on my side – apparently, I do not even snore now. Just as an aside – snoring in my case evaporated from me with loss of weight. As I commonly say to anyone willing to listen: to lose weight, just suffer some pain and your excess weight will vanish like the morning mist. Not that anyone shows much enthusiasm for this pronouncement.
Are there any Side-Effects or Safety Concerns with CBD?
There are three incontrovertible facts with regard to CBD and fortunately I have the research to back up my assertions:
1. CBD is not a narcotic.
2. It is not possible to overdose on CBD.
3. CBD causes no ill effects when taken up to 1500 mg per day – a massive quantity when compared to an average dose of say 20 mg.
Some folk have reported feelings of drowsiness and light-headedness after use of CBD. Also a dry mouth and low blood-pressure.
The Best CBD for Insomnia – your Mentor’s Opinion.
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