CBD Sleep Gummies with Melatonin

Many people do not get as much sleep as they would like to get. Nearly one in three adults show at least one of the symptoms or signs of insomnia.[1] Even when able to get to sleep, the actual sleep itself may be shallow and fitful. Pharmaceutical answers like powerful sleeping drugs aren’t everyone’s first choice. A quick review of modern sleeping medications shows that many of these drugs are habit-forming.[2] This has led many people to look for natural sleeping remedies, including CBD sleep products and products with melatonin. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural product of the cannabis plant, but unlike the more famous THC, it does not produce a psychoactive “high.” Melatonin is the body’s natural sleepiness hormone, and can be taken orally to help with sleep. CBD sleep gummies with melatonin combine two natural medicines that can help with sleep.

Sleepiness signals in the body

A normally functioning human body regulates energy levels throughout the day with a variety of systems. Our hormones help with this. Hormones are naturally produced chemical signals that travel throughout the body and cause effects beyond where they are synthesized. Melatonin is the sleepiness hormone. Melatonin production is suppressed by daylight, specifically the blue part of the spectrum.

For most of the time humans have been around, the presence of blue light was synonymous with daytime. With the exception of fleeting phenomena like lightning or bioluminescent organisms, as soon as the sun began to set, blue light dropped until it almost reached zero. It is no wonder that our bodies use a system that relies on blue light to regulate sleep! Only after the invention of electric lighting did we start to spend periods of time when there was blue light after sunset.

One of the negative consequences of artificial illumination is that our age-old sleepiness control systems can be thrown out of whack. This is one reason why sleep experts advise people who are having trouble sleeping to avoid electronic screens at night. The blue light in your smartphone’s screen could be preventing melatonin from accumulating enough for you to grow tired.[3]

Melatonin and CBD for sleep

Melatonin can be taken orally in order to send the sleepiness signal to the body and brain. Melatonin supplementation has been found to reduce sleep latency, or the time it takes to fall asleep. Taking melatonin can also increase total sleep time as well.[4]

The story with cannabidiol and sleep is a little more complicated. CBD can help with issues that are common impediments to healthy sleep. Anxiety can be reduced by taking CBD, and anxiety is a common insomnia risk factor. CBD can also help with restless leg syndrome, which involves an unbearable urge to move one’s legs. Restless legs cause people to have difficulty sleeping, and cannabidiol has been found to be an effective restless leg syndrome treatment.

Combining melatonin and cannabidiol has the potential to offer a number of benefits. This is why CBD sleep gummies with melatonin have become a popular choice for how to fall asleep fast.

FAQs

Can I take melatonin with CBD sleep gummies?

Yes. The body produces melatonin naturally, so any time you consume cannabidiol, you are combining melatonin with CBD. In fact, some people find CBD sleep gummies with melatonin are the best way to fall asleep.

Do melatonin gummies actually work?

The short answer is yes. Many studies have found that melatonin supplementation decreases the time it takes to get to sleep, increases the amount of time spent asleep, and improves the overall quality of sleep.[5] The longer answer is that, while melatonin is a proven method to help you sleep, the dosage matters. Doses of melatonin as low as half a milligram have been found to be nearly as effective as doses in the 50-milligram range in terms of shortening sleep latency, or the time it takes to fall asleep. However, higher doses seem to be more effective at maintaining sleep through the night.[6]

How long do CBD sleep gummies take to start working?

Cannabidiol takes anywhere from one to six hours to reach peak concentrations in the bloodstream when taken orally.[7] This means that taking CBD sleep gummies right before getting into bed might not have too much of an effect in terms of triggering sleepiness. However, taking CBD sleep gummies before bed could help with maintaining sleep, which may provide help for restless legs. Melatonin reaches its highest concentration in the bloodstream an hour after being taken orally[8], so CBD sleep gummies with melatonin should be taken around an hour before bed.

How many CBD gummies should I take for sleep?

The number of CBD gummies you should take to help you sleep depends on a number of factors. First, the amount of CBD in the gummies may change from brand to brand. Also, if the CBD sleep gummies are CBD sleep gummies with melatonin, take note of how much melatonin is present. Personal experiences will vary, but if you pay attention to those two numbers you should be able to determine what works best for you. Start with a small amount, and if they are sugar-free gummies that contain sorbitol, large amounts of gummies may cause intestinal upset.[9]

Master Sources List 

[1] https://jcsm.aasm.org/doi/full/10.5664/jcsm.26929

[2] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/insomnia/in-depth/sleeping-pills/art-20043959

[3] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0022395616307786

[4] https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0063773&crsi=662497046&cicada_org_src=healthwebmagazine.com&cicada_org_mdm=direct

[5] https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0063773&crsi=662497046&cicada_org_src=healthwebmagazine.com&cicada_org_mdm=direct

[6] https://academic.oup.com/sleep/article/20/10/908/2726014?login=true

[7] https://accpjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/phar.2377

[8] https://accp1.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00912700022009422

[9] https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00325481.1992.11701482

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