If your eyelids are already feeling heavy as you read this, it’s worth it to grab a cup of coffee to get you through to the end of the article.
The CDC recommends that adults get seven or more hours of sleep per night. The CDC also reports that more than a third of people don’t get the recommended amount of sleep. Why not? There are as many reasons as there are sheep that you tried to count before finally Googling “insomnia.” Research points to an abundance of screens as a common problem: computers, TVs, tablets, phones, and anything else that emits blue-toned light that can interfere with the body’s ability to fall asleep naturally and wake up rested. There’s also an abundance of stress—in a recent American Psychiatric Association poll, nearly 40 percent of respondents said they’re more anxious today than they were a year ago, with issues like family safety, health, and finances keeping them awake at night. And there’s plain busyness—multiple jobs, long hours, responsibilities to extended families, packed schedules, and anything else that might get you up early in the morning and keep you from getting back to bed until late.
Those long days and late nights don’t come without consequence. But it’s possible that CBD, a compound isolated from the hemp plant in naturally derived, technologically advanced products like RESET Balance, and CBD oil might be able to help you stop stress and start sleeping.
The Real Cost of Sleepless Nights
Sleep is about more than just giving you something to do when it’s too dark to read—the deepest levels of sleep are where your body does some of its most important maintenance, like sorting out memories and releasing growth hormone to repair tissue damage. People who miss sleep have more of the hormones that make them stressed out and less of the hormones that make them satisfied when they eat. Insomnia has been found to be a risk factor for anxiety and depression, and of course depression and anxiety can cause insomnia, because life isn’t already hard enough.
But sleep deprivation isn’t just bad for your mood (and your skin—trust us—so many wrinkles). It’s also dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that around 100,000 car accidents a year are attributable to drowsy driving, leading to more than 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries. (And if that isn’t enough, see if the words “Exxon Valdez” mean anything to you.) Chronic sleep loss also puts you at risk for heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes.
All of this can seem unavoidable. If the stress of everyday life is keeping you up at night, or the multiple jobs necessary to make ends meet have you working odd shifts and long hours, it can seem like you don’t have a lot of options. And knowing how harmful stress, and the effects of stress, can be to you and those around you just makes it worse. But what can you do about it?
One common approach to chronic sleeplessness is over-the-counter (OTC) sleep aids. And if your goal is simply to fall asleep, period, they could do the job as well as anything else. But if your goal is to be refreshed when you wake up, or even to just be functional, they might not work as well. Most OTC sleep aids contain antihistamines, the active ingredient in allergy medicine, which could leave you feeling slow and groggy the next day. And it’s easy to develop a tolerance to them, which makes them less efficient at aiding your sleep over time.
Prescription sleep aids, while generally less likely to just be a bottle of allergy medicine, aren’t without their own faults, either. A lot of them have been known to cause daytime fogginess, dependency, and sleepwalking events that only seem funny when they’re happening to someone else. And if you’re sleepless because of stress, prescription sleeping pills only mask the problem—they don’t solve it. Which brings you back to the question: What can you do about it?
One thing you can do is reframe the problem. Don’t look at it as an issue of making yourself fall asleep—look at it as an issue of removing the barriers that are keeping you from falling asleep. Then look at substances like cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD. It’s a non-intoxicating derivative of the cannabis plant that works with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which helps to regulate physiological processes ranging from pain perception to hunger to stress response. CBD might promote sleep not by knocking you out, but by influencing systems in the body that manage stress, anxiety, and other factors that stand between you and a good night’s rest.
The Science Behind CBD
Rather than making you drowsy, there’s strong but inconclusive evidence that CBD might work directly on receptors in your brain that affect serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps, among other functions, to manage your mood and regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Low levels of serotonin have been linked to anxiety, depression, and insomnia. By activating your brain’s serotonin receptor, CBD might combat the anxiety that has your thoughts racing and remind your body that bedtime means bedtime.
Studies have suggested that CBD may be efficient at helping people with social anxiety disorder, performance anxiety, and even PTSD to feel better and sleep better. One study in 2010 found that application of CBD was associated with a change in cerebral blood flow in individuals with social anxiety, not just easing the symptoms but actually changing the way the brain reacted to anxiety. CBD literally brought them peace of mind.
A 2013 study found that CBD increased total sleep time in animal models and was linked to sleep modulation and sleep latency (the amount of time it takes for a person, or rat, to fall asleep once the lights go out). That’s important not just because rats are adorable when they’re sleeping but because it speaks highly of the potential for a good night’s sleep with CBD.
RESET Balance delivers CBD the way it’s meant to be delivered. RESET Balance looks like a CBD oil, but it actually isn’t—it’s billions of nanoliposomes, which are tiny particles of CBD encapsulated in a lipid layer using our proprietary process. Nanoliposomes have been shown to make substances more bioavailable, meaning more of it survives the digestion process so your body can access the good stuff. It also makes our CBD more soluble, meaning that these hydrophobic particles that don’t want to enter the body are going into your cells whether they like it or not. All together, nanoliposomes make our CBD more efficient than a majority of the edibles, oils, and pills on the market.
Scientists in RESET’s GMP lab have worked hard to develop a process to get our pure, THC-Free*, natural CBD where it needs to go, and RESET has voluntarily submitted to rigorous testing to make sure we’re getting it right.
With the help of RESET Balance’s naturally derived, high-tech, pharmaceutical-grade, no-prescription-needed CBD, you could ease the pressure that keeps you up at night. You could avoid the lasting physical, personal, and professional impact of chronic sleeplessness and see what it feels like to wake up rested in the morning.
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DISCLAIMER: CBD is not currently an FDA-approved treatment for insomnia or other sleep problems. RESET Balance is not intended to diagnose, cure, or treat any disease or disorder.