Can CBD Help My Sleep Disorder?

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Sleep apnea should be properly treated but alternative medicines can also help in a supportive way. Image Credit: By wavebreakmedia on shutterstock.

Good sleep is part of good health. Yet many adults suffer from different types of sleep disorders, from insomnia to sleep apnea. I, myself, suffer from sleep apnea and excessive daytime sleepiness; so I began researching ways to alleviate my sleep issues. I already used an expensive Bi-pap machine that was cumbersome and prone to break down. I wanted to find more natural ways to alleviate my sleep troubles.

CBD Can Help Some Sleep Issues, But Not All

I looked into the use of CBD oil with high hopes. What I found is that CBD oil is considered to be an excellent sleep aid. It helps people combat insomnia and fall asleep. Even better, many say it helps them stay asleep, a common sleep problem. However, CBD is not recommended for those with sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a condition in which the body stops breathing for brief periods during sleep, sometimes as many as 100 times in a single night. It is potentially dangerous if you stop breathing for too long. Since CBD is known to help people get deeper sleep, that may be dangerous if you tend to have episodes of apnea. Medical experts generally agree that sleep apnea “should be evaluated and treated with conventional medicine. Complementary and alternative therapies may be helpful when used in addition to medical treatment.”

While CBD oil is not recommended for sleep apnea, perhaps its greatest benefit comes from reducing stress and anxiety, making it easier for a person to fall asleep. In addition, it eases sleep problems due to chronic pain. Overall, CBD oil also has been shown to lessen insomnia. When you aren’t stressed out, it is far easier to relax and fall asleep.

Other Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Both traditional and natural remedies, as well as lifestyle changes, can help you get better quality and quantity of sleep.

When it comes to sleep apnea, the two main causes are your upper airway being blocked and your brain not sending the message to breathe to your lungs. To open your airway, your sleeping position is important. Sleeping on your side is better than sleeping on your back. If you tend to flop over, consider using a body pillow, wedge, or other means of keeping you propped on your side. It also helps to raise your head by using a firm wedge pillow (soft pillows can make your condition worse) or placing something under your mattress to raise your head.

If the cause of your sleep apnea is airway obstruction, some physicians may recommend removing tonsils, adenoids, or other physical obstructions to open the airway. Dental implants are another way to keep your airway open by wither holding your tongue in position or sliding your jaw forward. It is recommended primarily for those who cannot tolerate a CPAP machine.

Of course, removing airway obstructions won’t help if brain miscommunication is the primary cause of your sleep apnea. It is best to talk with your medical professional about the cause of your sleep apnea and what treatments might work for you.

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Whether you suffer from insomnia, waking episodes, sleep apnea, or excessive fatigue, there are some natural ways to help yourself get a better night’s rest.

  • Exercise
    Many studies show regular exercise helps improve your quality of sleep. A good workout increases your body temperature, and the post-exercise drop may help you get sleepy. Exercise also lifts your spirits, easing anxiety and depression.
  • Prayer
    Talking to God before bed is a great habit to help improve your sleep. Hundreds of Bible verses tell us to give our worries and anxieties to the Lord. When you spend time in prayer, it can ease your mind and prepare you for more peaceful sleep. Ask God to help heal your sleep. He’s a big God who tells us to ask and we shall receive. Asking God for restful sleep so you can stay healthy and fulfill His plan for your life is a reasonable request.
  • Music, Soothing Sounds, or White Noise
    White noise, soothing water or ocean sounds, classical music, or praise and worship music may be just what’s needed to help you drift off to sleep. In an article for Psychology Today, Dr. Michael J. Breus says, “Music has powerful and diverse effects on both the body and mind, influencing breathing and heart rate, triggering the release of hormones, stimulating the immune system, and boosting the brain’s cognitive and emotional centers.” Breus states music helps slow breathing, ease muscle tension, lower blood pressure, and release hormones like serotonin to help prepare you for sleep.
  • Healthy Diet and Weight Loss
    It comes as no surprise that excessive weight contributes to obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep issues. Extra weight presses down against the pharynx, obstructing good airflow. To help improve sleep, try eliminating foods that produce mucus. The “glu” in “gluten” acts like it sounds. Dairy products and bananas also create mucus. Aim for God-created, rather than processed foods in your diet for better overall health and weight.
  • Herbs, Spices, and Supplements
    There are many herbs, spices, and supplements that can help improve sleep. Melatonin is a natural sleep-inducing hormone that your body makes. Likewise, magnesium can help with the production of melatonin and therefore be a natural sleep aid. Lavender and chamomile contend for top position as herbal supplements for sleep disorders. Chamomile tea helps with sleep, and essential oils diffused in your bedroom can also do the trick. Lavender can be added to boiling water. Soak a towel, place it over your head, and breathe in the steam.

Beyond seeking the Lord and healthy lifestyle changes all of us can benefit from, consult with your physician before you undertake alternative treatments to improve the quality of your sleep.

Darlene Franklin
Darlene Franklin
Darlene Franklin
Darlene Franklin lives near her family in Oklahoma. She has published more than 100 books and thousands of articles.

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