CBD for Sleep
Tucson sunsets are gorgeous, but if you're like me (a.k.a. someone who does NOT fall asleep in 10 minutes), you'll need something a little more potent than pretty scenery to help you relax before bed—and CBD might be just the thing. CBD has the ability to help calm down the mind and body, improving your "sleep hygiene." Taking a small amount of CBD about 30-45 minutes before bedtime can help ease you into a restful sleep, and may even help you stay asleep throughout the night.
How Much CBD Should I Take?
CBD affects everyone differently, so we always recommend starting small and gradually increasing your dosage. Some people are more sensitive to CBD and will only need a small amount (5-10mg) to help them sleep. Other people, particularly those who are not as sensitive to other sleep aids, may need more (15mg+) to drift off to sleep quickly. The best thing you can do is to experiment a little bit and see what feels right. Use your dropper as a guide: start by filling it up 1/4 of the way, and add 1/4 each time you feel like you're ready for more (keep in mind, the 1/4 rule is pretty arbitrary; some people might feel different effects just by adding or subtracting a few drops). We also recommend taking the CBD about 20-30 minutes before bed, which will give the CBD time to absorb. When in doubt, consult with your doctor to make sure you're getting the right dose.
Which Product Should I Use for Sleep?
Our Sunset CBD Tincture is infused with lavender and passionflower herbs, which work in tandem with the CBD to help the body and mind wind down. The Sunset Tincture comes in two strengths: 500mg or 1,000mg. The 500mg bottle contains about 16mg of CBD per mL (1mL = 1 dropper-full) while the 1,000mg contains about 33mg of CBD per mL.
In addition to a tincture, you can also try giving yourself a CBD self-massage before bed with one of our CBD Salves. Topical CBD works by targeting tension on specific areas of the body, while tinctures will relax both the body and mind. Gently massage some salve into the neck and shoulders as you lay down in bed, focusing on sore or tender spots. You can even close your eyes as you focus on taking deep, slow breaths (in through the nose and out through the mouth).
Other Sleep Tips
Okay, sorry if I sound a little like your mom here: CBD may be a great option on those nights when you need a little extra help falling asleep, but it works best when used in conjunction with other good sleep habits. Here are a few tips in addition to taking CBD:
1. Exercise early in the day
Exercising regularly is vital to living a healthy lifestyle, and can even help you feel more tired when bedtime comes. Just make sure you're not doing vigorous workouts right before bed, because it can actually make you feel more energized.
2. Turn off all electronics at least one hour before bed
I know. We all want to watch the next five episodes of our latest favorite show, but it is probably the most important thing you can do for yourself if you have trouble sleeping.
3. Do a few restorative yoga poses, or a short meditation before bed
This is great to do alongside taking some CBD. It will put your mind and body into a state of relaxation.
4. Read a really boring book
This one is kind of a joke, but even just reading something (NOT THE NEWS, AND NOT ON A SCREEN) can help relax your mind and help you drift off to sleep.