Have you been tossing and turning lately? Or finding it difficult to have productive days? You are not alone.
According to the 2018 Sleep in America poll, a majority of the nation (65%) noted that getting enough sleep makes them a more effective person, yet only 27% of them are getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep time. Add to these statistics that more than one-third of adults report daytime sleepiness so severe that it interferes with work, driving, and social functioning at least a few days each month, it is not surprising that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called insufficient sleep a public health epidemic.
We all know sleep is essential for our well-being. It allows us to rebalance our hormones and recharge mentally as well as physically. We are also more likely to experience one or more of ten chronic health conditions, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, stroke and depression, when not getting an adequate amount of sleep.
With a good night’s sleep so hard to come by, it begs the question: What is the best sleep remedy to help you sleep throughout the night? Medications like the commonly prescribed Ambien (one of the top five psychiatric drugs people are taking in the U.S, according to JAMA Internal Medicine) can be addictive and have undesirable effects such anxiety, depression, strange behavior, thoughts of self-harm, memory loss, hallucinations, and severe confusion.
For those that prefer a less risky alternative, medical cannabis may prove to be a more safe and viable sleeping aid. Just do a quick Google search for the scientific research on cannabis and sleep and you will find a number of promising studies showing the benefits of THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis, as well as CBD for improving sleep. And unlike medications such as Ambien, there is little chance of forming a physical dependence on cannabis and there is no lethal dose.