Sleep is beneficial and you have always known it, the more you sleep the less tired you are. Not getting enough sleep is a disadvantage and the effects on your health are far more significant than we once thought. If you often find yourself having trouble falling asleep, waking up feeling exhausted, feeling restless, or nodding off during the day, you could be one of the 50 – 70 million Americans that suffer from sleep problems or sleep-related issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “sleep disorders are so pervasive in the United States that they now constitute a public health epidemic.”
Sleep disorders don’t just mean tossing and turning at night and less-than-optimal performance during the day. According to the CDC, sleep disorders place “those who suffer from these conditions and the public at large at greater risk of car crashes, medical mistakes, and industrial accidents. In addition, sleep disorders represent an increasing risk to public health, contributing to a host of medical conditions, including cancer, obesity, diabetes, depression, and hypertension.” An article by SleepHealth.Org states that “sleepiness affects vigilance, reaction times, learning abilities, alertness, mood, hand-eye coordination, and the accuracy of short-term memory. Sleepiness has been identified as the cause of a growing number of on-the-job accidents, automobile crashes, and multi-model transportation tragedies.”
Historically, those with chronic sleep issues have turned to sleeping pills to help alleviate their nighttime woes. Sleeping pills account for one of the most prescribed medications by medical professionals, with 4% of adults claiming to use them at least once a month. However, if you use sleeping pills too often you can not only become dependent on them, you can become addicted. People have also reported experiencing extreme and adverse side effects when using sleeping pills such as sleepwalking, sleep talking, hallucinations, nightmares, and night terrors, to name a few.
So what does that mean for the tens of millions of us who need help catching zzz’s? Thankfully, research and studies show that Cannabinol (CBN), a cannabinoid naturally found in the cannabis plant can help you go from counting sheep to sawing logs more effectively, and more safely, than their pharmaceutical counterparts.
CBN, similar to CBD, is a non-psychoactive, non-intoxicating cannabinoid, similar to CBD, that experts believe interacts with your body’s natural endocannabinoid system to produce a reaction. It’s effective, too.
When consumed, CBN is said to induce a state of catalepsy. Catalepsy is a trancelike state of consciousness, one step past REM. This means you can sleep less and you’ll still sleep more deeply, resulting in a more rested waking state. In some studies, CBN has proven the same level of sedation as a mild pharmaceutical sedative, with a relaxed body sensation similar to 5mg to 10mg of diazepam,” or as many are more familiar with, Valium. At Slumber CBN, we recommend dosing 5mg to 10mg of CBN to receive the level of sedation effects you are looking for. The best part? While it is recommended that you seek a health professional’s opinion before starting any new sleep regimen, CBN hasn’t been found to lead to any negative side-effects, unlike Ambien or Lunesta. CBN can also be used in many different forms, such as capsules, tinctures, and chews, with varying benefits to each.