The CDC suggests that Americans get at least 7 hours of sleep a night to ensure optimum health and well-being. Simple as that may seem, the reality is many adults struggle with falling — or staying — asleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, almost half of all Americans feel sleepy between three and seven days a week, and 35 percent of U.S. adults report sleeping less than 7 hours a night.
Desperate for a good night’s rest, more and more consumers have been turning to CBD gummies for their sleep problems — especially as natural wellness trends have increased since the pandemic. Given the convenience of gummy supplements and existing data on CBD, which suggests the compound is an effective way to enhance sleep with little to no side effects, it’s no wonder why the CBD gummies market is projected to hit $12 billion by 2028.
Interested in trying CBD gummies for sleep? Keep reading to learn more about how CBD can help with sleep issues and how to take this up-and-coming wellness supplement to get some more shut-eye.
But First … What Are Cannabinoids?
CBD (short for cannabidiol) can provide a number of health benefits, such as reducing inflammation, alleviating anxiety, and improving sleep, thanks to the compound’s unique ability to interact with our endocannabinoid systems (ECS) — a network of chemical messengers and receptor sites responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body.
This is because CBD is a cannabinoid, a type of fat-based compound produced by cannabis plants. CBD and THC are two of the most well-known cannabinoids, but there are over 120 different kinds we’ve discovered so far. Cannabinoids interact with our ECS systems to produce a number of therapeutic benefits by helping with a number of functions including emotions, metabolism, memory, and … wait for it … sleep. Which brings us to the next question …
Do CBD Gummies Work for Sleeping?
More clinical research is needed regarding CBD’s effect on sleep, but existing data so far is promising. Studies in rats, for instance, show a correlation between dose of CBD and increased percentage of sleep.
A 2017 review of cannabinoids and sleep noted CBD may “hold promise for REM sleep behavior disorder.” Other studies show that CBD can be “useful in treating depression, anxiety, sleep disorders” with little to no side effects.
Like many who take CBD, NuLeaf Naturals customer Amy G. noticed multiple health benefits. She started taking CBD for running-induced knee injuries, as physical therapy wasn’t completely relieving the pain and inflammation. “Ever since I started taking these … I’ve had several days where my knees feel almost completely normal, and even the bad days aren’t nearly what they used to be.”
But pain relief wasn’t the only benefit she noticed. “Additionally, my sleep has drastically improved when I take even half the recommended CBD dosage.” Amy was accustomed to waking up about three to four hours after going to bed and then struggling to fall back asleep the rest of the night. Her results from taking CBD? “Now I sleep 7 ½ to 8 hours with very few interruptions. I honestly had low expectations for CBD, but I’ve been very pleasantly surprised.”
NuLeaf Naturals customer Roger N. has had a similar experience. “This is probably the best sleep aid you can find,” he says about CBD. “This is way better than using Ambien or some other drug that only helps you fall asleep, not stay asleep.”
CBD Gummies for Sleep and Anxiety
One of the mechanisms by which CBD gummies are thought to help with sleep is by reducing anxiety, as an anxiolytic (or anti-anxiety) effect is one of the therapeutic benefits of CBD interacting with our endocannabinoid systems.
“I was having trouble getting to sleep at night,” says NuLeaf customer Elaine S. “Too many thoughts running through my head!” She decided to finally try our CBD. Now Elaine finds she is able to “fall asleep faster and sleep better.”
Lindsey F. also takes NuLeaf Naturals CBD, every night before bed. “It helps me unwind and easily fall asleep,” she says.
CBD Gummies for Sleep: What You Should Know
The Best CBD Gummies for Sleep
Consumers looking to maximize the therapeutic benefits of CBD gummies for sleep should take care when shopping for products as the market is currently unregulated by the FDA. That means you might wind up purchasing CBD products that don’t contain what the label advertises — which can result in complications for anyone with medical conditions, among other health risks.
That’s why it’s important to do your due diligence and seek out high-quality CBD gummies. Look for organic ingredients, minimal additives, and natural sweeteners, especially as additives or adulterants may cause harmful effects that can exacerbate health conditions and sleep issues.
Full Spectrum CBD Gummies
The most effective CBD gummies for sleep also contain full spectrum CBD. There are three primary types of CBD products on the market today: CBD isolate products, broad spectrum products, and full spectrum products.
CBD isolate is, as the name suggests, chemically isolated CBD. Broad spectrum CBD products contain other beneficial compounds found in cannabis plants such as terpenes and flavonoids, but they contain no THC. Full spectrum products, on the other hand, contain all of the plant’s beneficial compounds including trace amounts of THC. They’re commonly regarded as the most effective type of CBD product thanks to what’s known as the “entourage effect” — whereby all the compounds in the product work synergistically together to produce maximum benefits.
How to Take CBD Gummies for Sleep
You may have to use a little trial and error until you find your “just right” dose, but you’ll know you’ve hit it when you experience sleep relief with minimal side effects.
We recommend starting with 30 mg per day, or two NuLeaf Naturals CBD gummies, split between two doses — one taken in the morning and one at night — and then increasing the dose slowly as necessary.
How Long Do CBD Gummies Take to Work for Sleep?
It can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours for the effects of CBD gummies to be felt, which is why it’s a good idea to take CBD gummies before your bedtime. As far as long-term effects go, some consumers report it can take as much as several weeks to see noticeable results. The important thing is to stay consistent and adjust your dosing as needed.
Where to Get CBD Gummies for Sleep
You can buy CBD gummies at a number of different places — from grocery stores to smoke shops — if you live in a state where CBD is legal. Check out the NuLeaf Naturals store locator available here.
If you’re buying CBD gummies from a brick and mortar store, be sure you’re always purchasing from a reputable manufacturer. Check for lab results (known as Certificates of Analyses, or COAs) and look for organic logos on labels. Opt to buy products with reputable certifications such as cGMP and ISO certifications whenever possible. It’s also a good idea to look up product reviews before you purchase.
CBN Gummies for Sleep
In addition to CBD, Cannabinol (CBN) is rapidly increasing in popularity as a supplement for promoting relaxation and better quality sleep. Cannabinol is a type of cannabinoid produced through the oxidation of THC, but it doesn’t have psychoactive properties. While research is still needed regarding CBN’s effects on sleep, a new study by researchers at Salk’s Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory shows the compound boasts neuroprotective properties.
Consumers report that CBN has a very positive impact on the quality and duration of their sleep.
NuLeaf Naturals customer Bruce L. used our CBN oil alone as well as in conjunction with our full spectrum CBD oil and Multicannabinoid formulation. In both cases, he found CBN to be “an effective yet gentle sleep aid.” Says Bruce: “I have experienced no negative effects at all. I have a normal restful night’s sleep with normal REM cycles and periods of deep stage delta sleep. I highly recommend this product if you have difficulty sleeping.”
Added to a CBD regimen or on their own, CBN gummies can be an effective sleep aid. Look for full spectrum CBN gummies, as well as CBN gummies that contain CBD, for maximum therapeutic benefits.
THC Gummies for Sleep
While CBD gummies may be helpful for many of us looking for a better night’s sleep, THC gummies are an alternative option that some users may find even more effective. THC gummies are similar to CBD gummies, except they feature delta 9 THC as the main cannabinoid with smaller amounts of CBD in the background. Some users prefer the combined effects of THC and CBD in a gummy to improve sleep, while for others CBD gummies may work just as well.
Premium Full Spectrum CBD Gummies for Sleep: The NuLeaf Naturals Difference
NuLeaf Naturals full-spectrum CBD gummies are some of the most potent gummies out there, each gummy containing 15 mg of CBD to help you snag some well-earned z’s. With their ratio of CBD: CBN in a 3:1 ratio, our full-spectrum CBN gummies make for the perfect sleep aid as well.
All of our cannabinoids are sourced from safe, eco-friendly methods such as CO2 extraction to ensure a full range of beneficial phytonutrients without harmful additives. And with each gummy made from 100% plant-based, organic ingredients, you know you’re getting the best CBD and CBN gummies the market has to offer.
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