Supplements For Stress and Sleep
Getting proper sleep and reducing stress is the foundation for excellent health. While many of us might think we’re getting adequate rest and reducing stress, you may be surprised to hear it takes more than just eating right and exercising. That’s because anxiety and insomnia can pop their heads up in several different areas.
One of the best ways to counteract the effects of sleep and insomnia is by choosing a few good supplements. In this post, we’ll go over the impacts of stress and insomnia on your body. As well as how to counteract their effects, and the best supplements to help achieve restful sleep and worry-free life.
Impact of Insomnia on Your Body
Sleep deprivation can lead to several issues in your brain and body. Some issues to look out for include memory loss, increased risk of accidents, trouble concentrating, and mood changes. According to The National Sleep Foundation, the following sleep guidelines are needed for optimal health:
- Newborn: 14-17 hours
- Infant: 12-15 hours
- Toddler: 11-14 hours
- Preschool: 10-13 hours
- School-age: 9-11 hours
- Teens: 8-10 hours
- Adults: 7-9 hours
- Older Adults: 7-8 hours
Impact of Stress on the Body
After getting proper rest, we need to reduce stress to live the most productive lifestyle. While some stress can be helpful, such as in a life emergency, everyday stress is terrible for our health. This life-draining chemical, known as chronic stress, can drastically lower our life span.
According to the American Psychological Association, stress can impact the body in the following ways:
Stress can cause shortness of breath and may lead to panic attacks. Psychological stress may also contribute to COPD, asthma, and chronic bronchitis.
Your stomach is composed of millions of neurons, and stress and lack of sleep can negatively impact your stomach. Your gut’s imbalance may also affect your mood. Organs affected by stressed-out gut include:
- the esophagus
- stomach lining (which can lead to ulcers)
Muscles tense when stressed, which is the body’s way of protecting itself from injury. Chronic muscle tension can trigger several secondary illnesses, such as high blood pressure and muscle injury (think of a bad back). Stress can also trigger migraines.
When stressed, your heart has to pump harder - which can lead to acute stress. When stuck in traffic, for example, your capillaries may expand, leading to more muscular heart contractions. This “fight or flight” response can trigger health problems such as heart disease and hypertension.
When stressed or threatened, your body releases cortisol, the “stress hormone.” Although helpful in challenging situations, like escaping a burning house, chronic cortisol devastates your health.
CBD for Stress and Sleep
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is one of over 100 compounds in the cannabis plant. Used for thousands of years medicinally, cannabis and CBD have only recently gained traction in the medical community. In 2018, for example, congress legalized CBD. The World Health Organization (WHO), the leading international health body, recognized CBD as safe and well-tolerated.
CBD for Stress
One of the more promising studies on CBD is for anxiety and stress. In 2015, researchers demonstrated Cbd’s ability to reduce symptoms associated with several anxiety disorders. These include Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
CBD for Sleep
CBD may hold promise if you’re struggling to get your 7-9 hours a night in. A 2017 finding found that CBD may have the potential to treat insomnia. In the study, researchers studied the effects of cannabis on patients afflicted with sleep apnea. Researchers found that CBD, because of its modulatory effects on serotonin-mediated apneas, may benefit REM sleep behavior disorder.
CBN for Sleep
CBN, or Cannabinol, is, like CBD, one of over 100 cannabinoids in the hemp plant. CBN is known to help promote restful sleep by modulating your ECS, or Endocannabinoid System. CBN may also help provide calmness and an overall sense of well-being.
CBG for Sleep and Stress Relief
CBG, or Cannabigerol, is another cannabinoid that may aid sleep and promote relaxation. CBG is known as the “mother of all cannabinoids”. It is the first, most primal cannabinoid, CBG is only available from very young hemp plants - making it more difficult to harvest and more expensive.
Using CBD, CBG, and CBN Together for Insomnia
When cannabinoids, such as CBD, CBG, and CBN, are ingested, they form the ‘entourage effect.’ This effect essentially increases the bioavailability of each compound and is thought to provide optimal relief than if each Phyto cannabinoid was ingested independently.
For optimal relief, choose a sleep and stress relief aid that comprises all three of these cannabinoids. Eden’s Herbals, for example, offers our specially formulated Sleep Aid Tincture, made with the following ingredients:
- 600mg CBD, 300mg CBN, 600mg CBG, MCT (fractionated coconut oil)
- Clearly-marked dropper for easy dosing
- 30 servings (serving size 1ml)
- Sourced from non-GMO, American hem
- Vitamin D-3 with K-2
Around 42% of the U.S. population suffers from vitamin D deficiency. Known as the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is critical for sleep health and plays a vital role in regulating stress. Other diseases linked with Vitamin D deficiency include celiac disease and Crohn’s disease.
For optimal absorption, choose Vitamin D-3 combined with Vitamin K-2. Evidence shows that, when combined, D-3 and K-2, like that provided in our specially formulated supplement, may increase the immune system and better fight off disease.
Key Takeaways: Reducing Stress and Sleeping Well
One important note - don’t limit yourself to CBD or Vitamin D. Mix in some other supplements to give yourself the best shot at living a happy, well-rounded life.
Consider adding a multi-vitamin, like Eden’s Herbals. These supplements contain every essential trace mineral your body needs to fight stress and maintain a stress-free lifestyle. For best results, we offer a special immunity support formula containing turmeric, a potent anti-inflammatory.
Eden’s Herbals CBD, CBN, and CBG products are sourced from organic hemp, meaning it’s free of harmful pesticides. Our products are dairy-free and non-GMO. We also provide a complementary lab report, ensuring quality and THC content.
*These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness. Medical advice should be taken from a medical professional.
All of the articles on this site are written by 3rd party content providers, expert bloggers or doctors not directly affiliated with Eden’s Herbals.
Individuals should learn the risks and side effects prior to taking CBD. Make sure to always check with a medical professional before starting any new CBD treatment or medication that is not FDA approved.