By Renée Oh
March 31, 2016
Research shows THC can be an effective sleep aid for many.
Life is full of demands. Whether it’s your job, responsibilities, or your home life, it takes a lot of energy to make it through the day. In order to have enough energy, a good night’s sleep is necessary. Unfortunately, many people experience restlessness and insomnia on a nightly basis. This results in bursts of energy at nighttime, and sluggish fatigue during the day. It’s an annoying cycle that is hard to break out of.
Regulating your sleep cycle is important. Not only does sleep help fuel you for the next day, but it boosts the immune system, regulates your hormones, and even helps with weight management. If you’re struggling with falling asleep, consider changing your bedtime habits to get your sleep cycle on track.
Insomnia and Marijuana
It is commonly known that many people will use cannabis as a sleeping aid due to its relaxing effects. Considering that overthinking and remaining in a state of angst can often cause many sleepless nights, marijuana could be the answer to this problem.
Doctors conducting a study found that incorporating THC helped to reduce the time it took to fall asleep, as well as reducing the amount of times subjects would typically wake up throughout the night1. This resulted in a longer amount of time that subjects slept for. If this is the case, then incorporating marijuana into daily sleep habits could be effective for those that struggle.
It’s also important to note that this same study determined that higher amounts of THC could cause a hangover effect the next day. With this in mind, it’s important to find out what amount and strain that works best for your body.
People underestimate the power that food has on the body and mind. Food impacts weight, mood, the digestive system and more. It also has a big impact on sleep. Refined sugars and caffeine can hinder sleep so it’s really important to limit your intake of both. Avoiding caffeine after 2pm and refraining from sugars (and food altogether) after 7pm can minimize the chance of an energy boost in the middle of the night. Additionally, processed junk that you eat throughout the day can make you feel sluggish. Try improving your diet with whole, organic foods and your body will thank you.
It takes more than a comfortable bed to sleep well. It’s important to eliminate artificial lighting within the hour of going to bed. This includes television, cellphones, computers, and tablets. It could also be helpful to use a white noise machine to block out sounds that will surely happen during the night. Alternatively, you can use a fan that will also keep you from overheating while you sleep—a common occurrence for disrupted sleepers.
Sleep is a wonderful thing, and it’s unfortunate that so many people have a negative relationship with it. Sleeping is necessary for human survival so if you do have difficulties with sleep, there’s no time like the present to begin addressing them. Everyone has different preferences and lifestyles, so unfortunately there isn’t a “one-size fits all” solution. Instead, try incorporating any of the above to find out what works for you… And, if it doesn’t work, there’s always tomorrow night to try something different.