Can CBD oils help with bad sleep?

Britain is in the middle of a sleep crisis. According to a 2017 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.

The impact of this lack of sleep is huge; affecting your energy, productivity and overall mood. In fact it’s such a problem, that in 2017 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.

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At OTO, we developed our Balance pillar to help with sleep and our extensive consumer trials showed that 83% of trialists who had significant issues sleeping reported an improvement when regularly applying OTO.

There are no sure-fire ways to get to sleep, but the NHS suggest a regular night time routine as one of the keys to getting a good sleep; a quiet mind, relaxed body and calm bedroom. With this in mind, to create our Balance oil, we combine the purest, vegan-friendly CBD extracted from organically grown-hemp plants with a carefully curated trio of essential oils, each of which are also regarded for their ability to improve sleep; lavender, chamomile and cajeput.

Lavender, of course, is known for its soothing reputation. Nature’s seditative, 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.

Chamomile is another popular pre-bedtime oil. It is in fact a very mild natural tranquilizer, containing an antioxidant called apigenin which induces sleep.

Cajeput is less well known in the West, but is popular in South East Asia. It is a multitude of benefits including alleviating restlessness which is ideal for a good night’s sleep.

For a deep and reinvigorating slumber, ritually apply OTO CBD Balance to either your temples or wrists.

And watch out for the much-anticipated OTO CBD Pillow Mist , which will be launching very soon.