CBD & Sleep: How to boost your bedtime

Britain is in the middle of a sleep crisis. According to a Sleep Council study of over 5,000 people, 35% of us have experienced sleeping problems for more than five years - that’s over a third of us regularly having a bad night’s sleep; while 74% said they sleep for less than the recommended 7 hours a night - a stat that that has only worsened over the course of the pandemic. 

The impact of this lack of sleep is huge: affecting our energy, productivity and overall mood. In fact, it’s such a problem, that in 2017 The World Health Organisation declared a ‘sleep loss epidemic’ in developed nations. 

Anecdotally, Hemp, the mother plant of CBD, has been used as a sleep aid for centuries. Gretchen Lidicker, author of CBD Oil: Everyday Secrets: A Lifestyle Guide to Hemp-Derived Health and Wellness, said that sleep was positively impacted by CBD due to its anti-anxiety properties and the ability to promote relaxation. 

CBD is able to interact with serotonin receptors, which play an important role in boosting mood and calming anxiety. CBD also interacts with GABA receptors, which are the main ‘inhibitory’ neurotransmitters in the brain, calming excess activity in the brain and promoting relaxation. 

It is even thought to help with chronic insomnia more than the typically prescribed melatonin. While melatonin directly signals to the body that it’s time to go to sleep by raising the naturally occurring levels of melatonin in the body, it doesn’t help with the underlying anxiety that causes insomnia in the first place. 

OTO’s range of sleep products have been designed with this in mind, by combining effective quantities of CBD with a range of hand-picked botanicals known for their sleep enhancing benefits. 

For instance, Lavender features in OTO’s CBD Sleep Drops, Pillow Mist and Balance Body Oil. 

Lavender, of course, is known for its soothing reputation. Nature’s sedative, it increases slow-wave sleep which is the very deep slumber in which the heartbeat slows and muscles relax. During this phase, the brain is thought to organise memory as well. 

Roman Chamomile Oil is another ingredient that is frequently used. It is in fact a very mild natural tranquilliser, containing an antioxidant called apigenin, which induces sleep. 

Sleep is essential to our health. For the body and mind to restore and regenerate. It helps you feel positive, refreshed, reinvigorated and ready to take on the day with all the energy and confidence you deserve. You cannot reach your full potential without sleep, that’s why it represents one of the key cornerstones of our product range at OTO.

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