Does CBD oil help sleep, tired of being tired?
Despite all cannabidiols benefits, the main question I get asked is does CBD oil help sleep. That being said I wanted to leave no stone un-turned to be able to answer this question fully.
Firstly I spent countless hours and days reading, researching and analysing scientific reports and trials to gain as much knowledge as possible on the subject.
Secondly and more importantly I decided to trial it myself and track the effect it had on me and partner. I have always been quite a sound sleeper although if I do struggle in a certain area it would be dropping off to sleep sometimes. I can have a very active mind sometimes that wants to think about everything and anything no matter how irrelevant it is to my life, the moment my eyes close the flood gates open, sport, politics, food, work, how cool it would be to fly, the price of a Freddo these days. The bigger test was going to come from my partner who suffers from sleep anxiety and also commonly gets to sleep term known as RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome). You may know this, It’s where your legs feel like you have just run a marathon and can itch and even develop pins and needles meaning dropping off to sleep is almost impossible.
Does CBD oil help sleep ? We were about to conclusively find out.
Our Routine before CBD oil
Our usual routine would consist of going to bed around 9:30-10:00 pm and waking around 6:00 am. Now this would give you a nice 8-8.5 hours sleep if you are the sort of person who can drop off to sleep instantly and sleep soundly like a baby until the dreaded alarm goes off. Let’s be honest, to most people this is a myth, a holy grail and a sleep pattern we would kill for. My typical drop off time was around 20-30 mins and I would often very annoyingly wake up 30-60 minutes before my alarm thus robbing me of up to an hour of solid sleep, replacing it with half asleep glances at the clock guessing how close I was till the alarm going off.
So I can say that I was roughly getting around 6-7 hours sleep, not bad but who doesn’t want to improve their sleep without actually having to go to bed any earlier or sleep in any later.
My partners sleep routine was a lot more disrupted than mine and at times could take as long as 2-3 hours to fall asleep, she didn’t have the pre-alarm wake up problems that I had but the problems dropping to sleep were reducing her time asleep to as low as 5 hours some nights. If it wasn’t RLS keeping her up it was sleep anxiety, she would describe it as closing her eyes and her brain would say “right you want sleep, you should feel anxious”. She knew then that she wouldn’t be falling asleep for hours to come.
We monitored results over a 4-week period, the first week taking no CBD oil at all, then weeks 2,3 and 4 taking it 1 hour before bed.
WEEK 1 of the test contained no CBD oil and our usual routine continued as expected. Throughout the 7-day period our results were tracked and logged.
Fitbit results for week 1:
- Average sleep – 6 hours 26 mins
- Total weeks sleep – 45 hours 2 mins
- Best nights sleep – 6 hours 49 mins
- Worst nights sleep – 5 hours 56 mins
- Average sleep – 5 hours 50 mins
- Total weeks sleep – 40 hours 50 mins
- Best nights sleep – 6 hours 29 mins
- Worst nights sleep – 5 hours 11 mins
These were typical nights/weeks we had come to expect.
WEEK 2 of the test we took 0.25ml of CBD oil at 8:30 pm. Note* We used the pipette tinctures to apply the oil under our tongue and let it absorb for 60 seconds before swallowing.
Fitbit results for week 2:
- Average sleep – 6 hours 49 mins ( + 23 mins)
- Total weeks sleep – 47 hours 43 mins ( + 2 hours 41 mins )
- Best nights sleep – 7 hours 22 mins ( + 33 mins )
- Worst nights sleep – 6 hours 18 mins ( + 22 mins )
- Average sleep – 6 hours 15 mins ( + 25 mins )
- Total weeks sleep – 43 hours 45 mins ( + 2 hours 55 mins )
- Best nights sleep – 6 hours 46 mins ( + 17 mins )
- Worst nights sleep – 5 hours 39 mins ( + 28 mins )
Week 2 was very promising and as you can see we both had significantly improved results, both gaining nearly 3 hours extra sleep over the week.
Fitbit results for week 3:
Increased dosage to 0.5ml
- Average sleep – 6 hours 57 mins ( + 8 mins)
- Total weeks sleep – 48 hours 39 mins ( + 56 mins )
- Best nights sleep – 7 hours 37 mins ( + 15 mins )
- Worst nights sleep – 6 hours 11 mins ( – 7 mins ) << Strike of the 1-year old!!
- Average sleep – 6 hours 28 mins ( + 13 mins )
- Total weeks sleep – 45 hours 16 mins ( + 1 hours 31 mins )
- Best nights sleep – 7 hours 12 mins ( + 26 mins )
- Worst nights sleep – 5 hours 42 mins ( + 3 mins )
Week 3 again showed vast improvement, it has to be noted that one night our 1 year old Lottie was up in the middle of the night. This caused our worst nights sleep that week and as you can see from the results actually got worse compared to my previous week. We were both up with her but found it effortless to drop back off once we had got our daughter back to sleep. (Thank you for the data anomaly Miss Lottie).
Fitbit results for week 4:
- Average sleep – 7 hours 22 mins ( + 25 mins)
- Total weeks sleep – 51 hours 34 mins ( + 2 hours 55 mins )
- Best nights sleep – 8 hours 2 mins ( + 25 mins )
- Worst nights sleep – 6 hours 50 mins ( + 39 mins )
- Average sleep – 6 hours 50 mins ( + 22 mins )
- Total weeks sleep – 47 hours 50 mins ( + 2 hours 34 mins )
- Best nights sleep – 7 hours 26 mins ( + 14 mins )
- Worst nights sleep – 6 hours 22 mins ( + 40 mins )
Let’s Crunch the Numbers
My average nights sleep went from 6:26 to 7:22, that’s an increase of almost 1 full hour per night increasing my total weekly sleep from 45:02 up to 51:34. Almost 7 hours a week gained, to put that in perspective that means I have managed to get 1 full extra nights sleep without having to change my bedtime or wake up time.
My best nights sleep was 6:49 in week 1, I managed to break the 8-hour mark in week 4 logging an 8:02 sleep. Another great statistic to point out is that my WORST sleep in week 4 6:50 is actually longer than my BEST sleep in week 1. Not bad, not bad at all.
My partners results were surprisingly even better than mine, with her average sleep going up by exactly 7 hours, giving her a total of 7 hours a week extra sleep. Some probably even more important numbers were her worst nights sleep results, these went up by over 1:10! She broke the 7 hours mark with a logged sleep of 7:26 in week 4, she can’t remember the last time she slept over 7 hours so this was a huge deal.
So, Does CBD Oil Help Sleep
In our case, absolutely! Not only does CBD oil help sleep, it also helps you get to sleep. We both agreed that dropping off to sleep became easier and easier the longer we were taking CBD oil, the sleep was far less broken and we could physically and mentally tell we had just had a solid refreshing nights sleep.
Waking up on a morning wasn’t difficult, there was no groggy feeling or difficulty coming around. My partners anxiety was massively reduced and she reported 0 episodes of RLS. Having at least a once per week problem previously with RLS this made a huge impact on the quality of her sleep. The only thing we were doing different….taking CBD oil.
Does CBD oil help sleep? Put it this way, I’m so good at sleeping now I can do it with my eyes closed!
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