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How to Sleep Beautifully: CBD for Sleep

We all strive for a beautiful night’s sleep when the light goes out. Good sleep should fill us with holistic rejuvenation – both mentally and physically. After all, a good night’s sleep is as important as a healthy diet and regular exercise. And in today’s crazy-fast, tech-driven world, the need to get away from it all is even more paramount for our overall health and well-being.

Lots of studies have found that using CBD for sleep might help boost relaxation, so let's take a look at how to turn those dreams of a great night’s sleep into reality.

Why CBD?

CBD is a derivative of the hemp (cannabis) plant that is thought to activate your body's cannabinoid receptors. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive, and you won't get high. You can safely drive or operate machinery after taking CBD responsibly and you don't need a CBD oil prescription. And unlike CBN and CBG, CBD is produced in large quantities by the cannabis plant.

Many CBD users report positive experiences when using CBD for relaxation, soothing a queasy stomach, or relief from body aches. CBD can be purchased in gummies, oils, or several other forms. But what is the best CBD for sleep?

Types of CBD for Sleep

The best CBD sleep aid is a full spectrum CBD extract that contains all the compounds found natural in the Cannabis sativa L. plant. The cannabis plant has an abundance of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. These compounds work together to give the plant its smell and flavour and all work together to help the plant survive, naturally!

Terpenes

Terpenes give many plants their natural scent. When you smell cannabis, pine, lavender, orange peel, or many other plants, you are smelling terpenes. Terpenes are found in many aromatherapy oils where they are prized for their soothing scents.

Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids are compounds found in the cannabis plant that interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system. THC and CBD are the first cannabinoids isolated from the plant, but there are at least 111 other cannabinoids in a cannabis plant.

Flavonoids

Flavonoids give the cannabis plant its dark green colour. While many CBD preparations filter out flavonoids, they are included in full spectrum CBD products that take advantage of all the cannabis plant's natural compounds.

Is CBD Even Legal & Safe in the UK?

CBD products are legal in the UK as long as they contain less than 0.2% THC. Studies have found CBD to be safe and effective, with minimal side effects so long as they are taken in proper dosages.

Many people mistake CBD products for marijuana, which is well-known for its psychotropic effects. CBII products are made strictly from legally sourced plants grown with low levels of THC (less than 0.2%) and high levels of CBD. Our CBD sleep products help you relax without the euphoric “high” effects associated with marijuana consumption.

Why You Suffer From Unhealthy Sleep Patterns

Some causes of restless sleep may include:

  • Stress
  • Physical Exertion
  • Overwork
  • Jet Lag and Job Shift Changes
  • Environmental and Weather Changes
  • Caffeine
  • Age and Pregnancy
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Worry and Fear
  • Drugs (Narcotic and Medical)

Many people use CBD oil for relaxation. But if you are chronically suffering from restless sleep and difficulty falling asleep, you should see a doctor who can identify the root cause.

Risks Associated with Unhealthy Sleep Habits

Sleep deprivation can drastically reduce the quality of your life. Lack of sleep can lead to a weakened immune system and has been linked to increased risk of conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, obesity, and depression.

Lack of sleep can also cause memory lag, mood swings, anxiety disorders, and chronic fatigue. Concentration suffers after sleep deprivation, as do your sex drive and motor skills. CBD for sleep may help you get some much-needed rest.

CBD vs. Melatonin

Melatonin is also commonly used as a sleep aid, and melatonin and CBD can have similar effects. But unlike CBD, melatonin is recommended only for short-term use.

Melatonin can have side effects, including: 

  • Headaches 
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Sleepiness or Drowsiness

You should not drive or operate heavy machinery within 4 to 5 hours after taking melatonin. Melatonin can also interact with several other prescription medications, including some anticoagulants and blood pressure medicines.

According to preliminary research, CBD, by contrast, can be used long-term, and any minor side effects you feel should wear off after regular use.

Facts About CBD for Sleep

A 2021 report on CBD’s effectiveness for sleep found that while the medical literature was limited, several preliminary studies suggested that CBD could be useful for improving sleep quality in certain individuals.

CBD does not cause drowsiness unlike a sedative. Instead, it improves sleep by calming your mind and relaxing your muscles.

While CBD works quickly for most people, others may need to take it consistently for a few days before seeing its effects.

Why Many Choose CBD for Sleep

According to UK Mental Health, nearly 20% of people in the UK suffer from unhealthy sleep habits. CBD has many benefits, and helping to regulate sleep cycles is one of them. CBD is a commonly used as a natural sleep aid. And unlike many prescription sedatives, you need not worry about the risk of an overdose or interaction with other medications.

CBD can help you fall asleep, but it is especially effective when combined with some of the lifestyle changes that we discuss below.

Best CBD Sleep Products

With the aid of Swiss pharmaceutical company Linnea SA, we developed a trademarked chemical-free extraction process to protect the natural integrity of our full spectrum CBD. CBII also uses third-party testing to ensure quality control.

CBII offers a complete line of CBD sleep aids that we have listed below. Whether you’re looking for medium or high-strength CBD oils, CBD gummies, or our scented CBD Unwind candle, we have many different forms of CBD for sleep.

CBD Oil for Sleep

There are many different types and strengths of CBD sleep products. First-timers should start with a low dose and work their way up until they find the CBD dose and method that works for them.

Many people use CBD oil for sleep. CBD oils are easy to take and are absorbed faster than CBD gummies. 86% of our customers reported better sleep patterns after taking our oils.

All CBII CBD oil is extracted in Switzerland and bottled in the UK.

200mg

Our medium-strength 200mg CBD Oil is an excellent starting place for first-time CBD users. It contains 2% CBD, or 20mg CBD per ml.

For a good starting CBD dosage for sleep, try 10 to 12 drops under your tongue. Our MCT carrier oil, made from coconut oil, is 100% natural and designed for quicker CBD absorption.

500mg

CBII’s 500mg CBD oil, our highest strength formulation, contains 5% CBD or 50mg CBD per ml. CBII 500mg oil is the CBD sleep aid of choice for YouTube makeup artist Jamie Genevieve.

While you can use as many as 20 to 24 drops of CBD for sleep, preferred dosages will vary. Take small first steps to see how much CBD for sleep you need.

Double Dose

For experienced CBD users who have been using CBD for sleep consistently, CBII offers our Double Dose CBD Oil Set that includes two 10mg bottles of our 500mg CBD oil. CBII also offers a Triple Dose Set containing three bottles of 500mg CBD Oil, and a Strong + Medium pack with bottles of 200mg and 500mg CBD Oil.

How to Consume CBII's CBD Oil for Sleep

Many find CBD Oil to be the best CBD for sleep. To use CBII’s CBD oil, you simply measure your dosage in the included pipette. Place the pipette in your mouth, then squeeze the drops out under your tongue. Let them sit for up to 60 seconds to be absorbed through the capillaries in your mouth.

Pro Tips

Take your CBD dose at the same time every day, either early in the morning or 20 to 60 minutes before bedtime.

Why morning?

CBD doesn’t have an instantaneous effect on your body, but works holistically to bring you into balance. Taking CBD Sleep Oil in the morning keeps you calmer throughout the day, then helps you sleep at night.

CBD Candle

Our CBD Unwind Candle is one of our most popular CBD sleep products. Our 75g candle delivers 25 clean-burning and sweetly-scented hours. Its self-trimming wicks prevent tunneling and its delicate floral fragrance with warm citrus overtones provides a calming effect, thanks to the three natural ingredients listed below.

Light a CBD Unwind Candle when you need to press pause and find your centre. Our CBD Candle is the perfect accompaniment to a hot bath or an evening wind-down.

Lavender

The scent of lavender has long been sought after for its calming and stress-relieving properties, and is believed to encourage restful sleep. Scientific studies suggest that there is something behind lavender's reputation. Lavender oil contains several compounds that have been shown in several animal and human investigations to have sedating, mood-stabilizing, and anti-anxiety properties.

Bergamot

If you drink Earl Grey tea, you're familiar with the flavour of bergamot. Bergamot essential oil is cold pressed from the bergamot orange, and has a sweet, complex floral and citrusy scent that is simultaneously calming and uplifting. Bergamot oil is used in aromatherapy to elevate moods and relieve stress.

Neroli

Steam-distilled from orange flowers, neroli's sweet scent has floral notes that soothe and calm the mind, with invigorating citrus notes that give it uplifting, relaxing, and restorative properties. After a long day, neroli lets you unwind and helps you ground and centre, while its exotic overtones help you drift off to sweet dreams.

Hemp Seed Wax

We use environmentally friendly materials in all our CBD sleep products, and the hemp seed wax used to make our hand poured Unwind candles is one of the most sustainable materials on the planet. Our CBII hemp seed wax is THC free, and contains no synthetics, stabilisers, bleach, or artificial colours or preservatives.

CBD Gummies for Sleep

CBII’s CBD Gummies are an easy-to-take chewable and fruity-flavoured form of CBD. Our independently tested gummies are GMO-free, 100% natural, and 100% vegan, so you need not worry about synthetic flavours and dyes or animal gelatines.

CBD Gummies are used primarily for stress relief, and stress is one of the major causes of unhealthy sleep habits. Because our gummies contain less than .02% THC, they are non-psychoactive so you can go about your day with a clear head.

CBII CBD Gummies for sleep come in bottles of 10, 30, and 60 gummies.

How to Use Your CBD Gummies for Sleep

Take 1 to 2 CBII gummies daily (25mg to 50mg). Chew until fully dissolved. The Food Standards Agency recommends not exceeding 70mg of CBD per day. You can take your CBD sleep aid gummies in the morning or evening. Their holistic effects persist throughout the day.

Wait 30 to 60 minutes to feel the full effects of a CBD Gummy. Gummies don’t work as quickly as CBD oils as they are absorbed through your digestive tract rather than your sublingual circulatory system. If you want a faster-acting CBD before bed, you should check out our CBD oils.

What Makes CBD Gummies Effective?

As you examine the reasons for unhealthy sleep habits that we mentioned above, you will notice a common thread: something is out of sync. CBD Gummies for sleep help to restore that body/mind balance. By soothing your mind and alleviating your aches and pains, CBD Gummies give you a chance to rest and heal.

Does CBD Make You Feel Tired?

There is a big difference between sweet relaxation and bone-weary exhaustion. Unlike some sleep aids, CBD does not make you feel tired, drowsy or lethargic, just relaxed and at peace.

Our customers have said that they use our CBD products for sleep to “calm anxiety” and “help [them] sleep.” And a 2018 study found evidence that CBD promotes a calming effect on the central nervous system and shows great promise in reducing anxiety and improving sleep patterns.

Does CBD Help You Sleep?

86% of our customers reported that our CBD products helped them fall asleep faster and enjoy more hours of sleep, while 90% reported that CBII CBD products had a positive effect on their well-being.

A 2018 Brazilian study found that, unlike anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications, CBD increased sleep hours and sleep quality without interfering with the sleep cycle.

CBD for Sleep in the Elderly

As we get older, our sleep-wake cycle changes. Age-related health conditions and pains can also trigger unhealthy sleep habits. CBD for sleep in the elderly can help make your golden years more restful. CBD oils, gummies, and candles are safe for the youthful and elderly alike. A few drops of CBD oil for sleep under your tongue before bedtime can help soothe body aches that prevent you from falling asleep. Talk to your doctor about what dosage is right for you: start low.

How to Monitor Success

Sleep habits generally improve with regular CBD usage. CBD users report that they are able to shut down their minds and fall asleep more quickly with less fitful sleep. Many say CBD lets them sleep 7 to 8 hours at night if they are undisturbed, and that they feel less exhausted and mentally fatigued.

Make sure you are on a consistent schedule before you begin monitoring CBD sleep changes. Consider and address other factors that might be keeping you awake. And look for small sleep gains that expand over time rather than an instant solution.

Can CBD Oil Cause Lack of Sleep?

CBD before bed will not lead to unhealthy sleep habits, because CBD is naturally relaxing. CBD can help you sleep by activating cannabinoid receptors to make you relaxed. CBD doesn't sedate the body and is neither habit-forming nor addictive. It just calms your mind and helps you drift off to sleep naturally.

Other Lifestyle Changes to Improve Sleep

Everyone has a restless night now and again. But if you regularly have trouble getting sleep or falling into a proper slumber, you may need to make some important lifestyle or diet changes to get the refreshing sleep you need.

CBD has helped many people with unhealthy sleep habits and can be a useful relaxation tool. But for the best CBD for sleep results, here are some bedtime and pre-bedtime routines that can lead to increased sleep quality and better sleep habits.

Power Down

Exposure to light has the power to impact our circadian rhythm, tricking our brain into thinking it’s still daytime. Blue light that emits from smartphones and computers are the worst culprit for this and should be reduced come evening time. When using CBD for sleep before bedtime, put the devices down!

Put Caffeine to Bed Early

If you can't cut off caffeine entirely, which is the wise thing to do, cut down your intake and avoid drinking caffeinated beverages after noon. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, which may be helpful in the morning but can hinder your efforts to use CBD for sleep improvement.

Eat Right to Sleep Right

Late-night eating or heavy meals before bedtime are a common cause of disrupted and restless sleep. You should make all efforts to avoid eating for 2 to 3 hours before bedtime. Going to bed on an empty stomach can help you fall asleep faster if you want to use CBD before bed.

Create a Sleepy Place

Your night-time environment has a lot to do with your sleep quality, so make sure your bedroom is as relaxing as possible. Keep the temperature around 20 degrees and block out external light with black-out curtains.

A non-edible CBD sleep product like our CBII-CBD Unwind candle can really set the mood!

A Drop of Relaxation

Relaxing aromatherapy oils like lavender have been used for hundreds of years to induce restful and blissful sleep. That's why our CBD candle is infused with this aromatic scent. Other pre-sleep relaxation techniques to try include meditation, visualisation, and massage. As John Lennon said, "Whatever gets you through the night, it's all right."

CBD sleep oil is another great option to help create that consistently healthy sleep pattern we all need.

Exercise Right, Sleep Better

It’s no surprise that regular daylight exercise can help with better night time sleep. But the key word here is "daylight." Moderate to vigorous exercise closer to bedtime can increase energy levels and stimulate alertness that disrupts your sleep. It's best to avoid exercise for at least 3 hours before bedtime.

Write It Down

Daily journaling in a sleep diary can be a useful way of unpacking your day and getting it all out. It’s also an excellent way to uncover any habits or lifestyle activities that may be hindering your sleep. So why not take a few minutes to jot down any observations before bed after your CBD sleep aid, and again when you wake up. You might be surprised by how much more restful your nights become.

Peace of Mind

Run through the events of your day and make peace with everything. Then, when you are grounded and centred, you can choose a sleep aid that helps you relax. If you’re considering trying CBD, it’s important to choose a premium product such as CBII's CBD sleep oil that you can trust. Choosing the right CBD comes down to your aspirations and goals for health, happiness, and everyday wellness. So, choose carefully and wisely!

Final Thoughts

Many customers rave about how CBD for pain relief and sleep has been an amazing addition to their daily routine. But since everybody experiences CBD uniquely, observe how your body feels after taking CBD gummies for sleep or using CBD oil for sleep.

If you suffer from any medical conditions, speak with your doctor before trying our products.

CBII-CBD Products are all natural, independently tested, sustainable, full spectrum, and 100% vegan.

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