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An Ultimate Guide To CBD And Sleep

CBD for Sleep
Understanding The Calming And Sleep-Promoting Benefits Of Cannabidiol

A good night's sleep is so fundamental to our well being that we often take it for granted until insomnia strikes. Sleep is so important to our physical fitness and mental health that we now celebrate Sleep Awareness Week in the US. We have The National Sleep Foundation, an organization solely dedicated to helping the estimated 60 million Americans who are afflicted with insomnia get a good night's sleep.

In this article, Modern Nature (MoNa) will look at how cannabidiol, in the form of natural CBD from hemp oil, can influence the endocannabinoid system to promote a rejuvenating, healthy night's sleep. We'll look at the causes and cures for sleep disorders and we'll explain how our Rested CBD capsules combine the best sleep-promoting benefits of CBD with known sleep-enhancing ingredients formulated to give you the good night's sleep your body and mind need to maintain the optimized state of well-being scientists call "homeostasis".

Insomnia can take many forms, from occasional bouts of sleeplessness which resolves after a few restless nights, to chronic insomnia which is ongoing and resistant to traditional sleep medication. Some insomnia sufferers are so acclimated to their disrupted sleep patterns they may not even suspect that they are suffering from insomnia at all. Healthy sleep involves more than just the quantity of hours spent sleeping. 

The National Sleep Foundation offers these 5 guidelines to determine when your quality of sleep needs improvement.

  1. Falling asleep normally takes longer than 30 minutes.
  2. You have been diagnosed with insomnia by a doctor.
  3. You wake up frequently, more than once per night.
  4. Once awake it takes more than 20 minutes to resume sleeping.
  5. Less than 85% of your time in bed is spent sleeping. 
Why Does CBD Help With Sleep?

CBD from all natural hemp oil is the compound in our Rested capsules which enhances a good night's sleep. If you're experiencing any of the insomnia symptoms above your quality of sleep can be improved by the moderate 15 mg dose provided by our Rested capsules. It's important to note that CBD is not a sedative or synthetically formulated tranquilizing drug, though it does provide a beneficial calming effect which enhances the ability to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep restfully throughout the night. 

The CBD in our Rested capsules is a supplement for the natural supply of cannabidiol already manufactured by the endocannabinoid system (ECS) found in all humans and mammals. The ECS is comprised of an enormous number of cannabinoid receptors which scientists have designated CB1 and CB2. These receptors are centered in the important limbic and paralimbic regions of the brain, vital regions which control processes such as sleep, mood, anxiety, pain response, immune response, emotion, memory, stress tolerance, and cognitive thought. 

Sleep, stress, pain, and anxiety are all related in a complex network of interaction. In fact, all of the biocommunication processes controlled by the ECS affect the others as the ECS performs its primary function, maintaining the optimal state of well-being scientists call "homeostasis".  When insomnia strikes it might be difficult to distinguish the symptoms from the underlying causes. Is sleeplessness increasing anxiety or the other way around? Is stress causing sleeplessness? Most likely, both factors are contributing in a negative, debilitating feedback loop which leads to an increase in both conditions.

Fortunately, CBD helps the ECS address the underlying causes which are disrupting sleep. Research has discovered that CBD features an astounding array of therapeutic benefits, all of which can enhance a good night's sleep. Aside from acting directly on the CB receptors in the regions of the brain responsible for sleep pattern regulation, CBD's many known therapeutic actions also play a role including:

Analgesic- CBD's painkilling property can alleviate chronic pain naturally for restful sleep. Many traditional painkillers and sleep medications may sedate, but their long lists of side effects are anything but rejuvenating. The painkilling sedation they provide is more similar to being rendered unconscious by anesthesia than natural sleep. We'll discuss these debilitating side effects further on in more detail.

Anti-inflammatory- Relieves muscle strain, inflammation caused by arthritis, and has an antispasmodic action to promote relaxation. CBD has been shown to influence blood flow to important regions of the brain in the treatment of epilepsy. 

Anti-anxiety- CBD's action in the limbic and paralimbic regions of the brain which control anxiety and stress response can alleviate anxiety to break the negative feedback loop we discussed above. Anxiety can make it difficult to fall asleep, and lack of sleep can increase anxiety, and on and on. It's very important to note that nonpsychoactive CBD from hemp oil only should be used to treat anxiety and insomnia caused by stress. CBD from marijuana is accompanied by high THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which can induce a mental high that can trigger unpredictable infusions of adrenaline and mania which are detrimental to a good night's sleep and can actually worsen symptoms of anxiety.  

The Effectiveness of Modern Nature's Rested as a Sleep Aid 

Modern Nature's Rested Capsules provide a safe, natural sleep aid by supplementing the body's natural internally generated CBD. That's why Rested is classified as a supplement and not a drug. In Rested we've combined CBD with the best natural sleep-enhancers to ensure a good night's sleep without the risks of building up a tolerance, dependence, addiction, or fatal overdose. Powerful CBD, melatonin, amino acids, and essential vitamins all combine to help you get a deep, rejuvenating sleep safely. 

The Full Spectrum Advantage of MoNa CBD

With Rested you simply take one 15 mg capsule with water 30-60 minutes before bedtime. You'll find that with MoNa CBD, a little goes a long way. That's because the CBD in MoNa's Rested formula is derived from full-spectrum hemp extract. In other words, Rested, and all of our vegan-friendly CBD products, use the unified calming cannabinoid power of the whole hemp plant. Full-spectrum hemp extract incorporates the terpenes and other natural compounds found in the whole hemp plant which boost the performance of the active CBD cannabinoid far more effectively than CBD "isolates". There is less than .03% THC content in hemp and CBD from hemp is fully legal in all 50 states now thanks to the recent passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.

As a self-administered sleep aid Rested has many advantages over popular sleep aids such as Ambien. At MoNa we take the naturopathic approach to maintaining physical and mental well-being. The CBD in Rested works directly and naturally to influence the sleep-regulating regions of the brain via the ECS. The natural dreaming REM (rapid-eye-movement) stage of sleep is enhanced and rejuvenating NREM (non-rapid eye movement) is more easily achieved when awakenings or arousals which can occur between stages are reduced. The stages of sleep can cycle continuously without interruption which is the key to waking up rejuvenated and without the lingering side effects that strong synthetic drugs can cause. 

Rested vs Ambien

When you take Rested capsules you can ensure a natural good night's sleep without all of the side effects of Ambien. Aside from the infamous stories of sleepwalking, sleep-driving, and other dangerous incidents of Ambien-induced somnambulism, the drug has some other very serious side effects. The findings of several studies concluded that Ambien can cause:

  • Memory loss- Anterograde amnesia induced by Ambien is a type of memory disorder which prevents the brain from logging and recording events as they happen. 
  • Partial arousal throughout the night which can induce sleepwalking (somnambulism). Incidents of somnambulism induced by Ambien totaled more than all other sleep aids combined in a 2006 study.
  • Risk of death- Ambien users who took as few as 18 pills per year were 3.6 times more likely to suffer death.
  • Risk of Cancer- Ambien users who took the largest number of pills were 35 times more likely to develop cancer over the course of a 2012 study.

More common side effects of Ambien include:

  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Lightheadedness
  • A drugged feeling
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Stuffy nose

Now let's look at the side effects of MoNa's Rested Capsules and the naturopathic approach to a restful night's sleep.

Risks and Side Effects of Using Modern Nature's Rested as a Sleep Aid

Our Rested Capsules are one of the safest OTC sleep aids available today, so any risk is minimal when taken as directed. There has never been a documented case of CBD overdose and many health consumers consider CBD to be the safest substance in the medicine cabinet, safer even than aspirin and over-the-counter NSAIDs such as ibuprofen.

In Rested, we've combined the powerful therapeutic properties of natural CBD with other natural well-known natural sleep enhancers. Valerian root extract, melatonin, niacin (vitamin B3), vitamin B6, and other natural compounds blend with 15 mg of natural hemp extract to let you false asleep quickly and stay asleep, allowing you to wake up feeling recharged and ready to take on the day. 

As reported in this informative article at Project CBD, "CBD has no known adverse side effects, but an excessive amount of CBD could be less effective therapeutically than a moderate dose. "Less is more" is often the case with respect to cannabis therapy." It's also important to remember that CBD from hemp carries no significant illegal THC as marijuana-derived products can. With Rested Capsules from MoNa, you don't have to worry about the unpredictable psychoactive side effects of THC, since our hemp plant extracts contain just .03% which is well within the legal limit for use in all 50 states. 

While there are no known adverse side effects, many CBD consumers are happily surprised by the quality of life-enhancing positive effects they never anticipated when they began a daily supplemental CBD regimen. Not only are they sleeping better, but anxiety decreases, while physical coordination, pain tolerance, and mood are also elevated. That's because CBD enhances the performance of the incredible endocannabinoid system to alleviate the underlying causes of many symptoms naturally at the source. 

Whether you're seeking relief from insomnia or anxiety, looking for a safe way to manage chronic pain, or optimizing your athletic fitness to compete at the highest levels, Modern Nature's vegan-friendly, doctor-endorsed CBD products provide the array of beneficial therapeutic properties which are essential to your daily health regimen.