It’s no secret that CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the hottest health trends touted as a natural aid for anxiety, pain relief, and so much more. But did you know that CBD can also help you get a deeper, more restful sleep?
“Recent research indicates that CBD increases levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin and glutamate, which are important for helping to regulate sleep,” says Meg Kramer, managing editor and expert at CBD Hacker, an evidence-backed CBD blog. To learn more about CBD, read our complete guide here.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends practicing a calming routine before bed to help reduce stress. Here are four ways to incorporate CBD into your bedtime ritual for a better night’s rest.
Add CBD oil to tea
Put a few drops of a water soluble CBD oil into a cup of chamomile tea (an effective natural sedative), and you’ll slip into a restorative rem sleep in no time. Try Higher Wave Wellness Daily Dose CBD, which uses hemp extract from sustainably grown plants, easily dissolves into beverages with no oily residue or strong taste.
Apply CBD cream to your skin
Relax before bed by rubbing a soothing CBD cream on tension-filled areas, like your neck and shoulders. We like Charlotte’s Web Hemp Infused Cream, made with moisturizing aloe, coconut oil, and shea butter, plus arnica, a known natural pain-reliever.
Try CBD bath bombs
Why does taking a bath or shower before bed feel so good? Studies show that your circadian rhythm, which controls your sleeping cycle, is acutely aligned with your body temperature. As your body cools down after taking a bath, your heart rate, breathing, and digestion slow with it, making for a peaceful transition into restful sleep. Make your evening soak feel even more spa-like with, Bliss Ball CBD Bath Bombs by Life Elements. They’re handcrafted and free of harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances.
Disclaimer: Before starting any new nutritional supplement, diet or exercise program please always check with your doctor.
Drink CBD seltzer
Staying hydrated is a critical for overall health—experts say you should drink at least half your body weight in ounces daily. But when you’re in decompression mode in the evening, you can stay hydrated and relaxed with this CBD-infused sparkling water by Recess. It comes in four flavors, such as Pom Hibiscus and Peach Ginger, and contains mind-soothing adaptogens, like L-theanine and American ginseng, to bring on all the calm feelings before bed (or whenever you need it.)
Disclaimer: We’re sleep experts—not doctors. Our goal is to provide you with fact-checked information to help you live healthier and happier—as long as your doctor is on board. That’s why we encourage you to speak to a medical professional before starting any nutritional supplements, diets, or fitness programs. Bonus: You’ll sleep soundly knowing you’ve made the best choices for your health.