Sleep disorders are a widespread national suffer in Germany. Problems falling asleep, daytime tiredness, problems sleeping through the night or nightmares that make you startle - sleep problems have many faces and even more causes.
On the one hand it is comforting to know that you are not alone with your irregular sleep. On the other hand, it cannot be a good sign that more than 80% of German employees suffer from sleep disorders.
The archenemy of peaceful sleep - stress as the cause
If the colleague in the office does not complain about the pain in his lower back, then it is probably about his sleeping problems. It has become rather a rarity that people report regular and restful sleep. In fact, every weekend is too short, the recovery periods are almost non-existent and the holidays are always over too quickly. Sleep problems have become a widespread disease. Our everyday stress is to blame, because it is the biggest cause of nightly restlessness.
The stress of our daily lives today is the most common cause of restless and unresting sleep. And this has its price: In the afternoon at the latest, the drowsiness of the day comes and you are caught up. Demanding jobs, a fast-moving society, high expectations of oneself and never-ending to-do lists - the daily pressure makes it difficult to simply switch off in the evening. The consequences also make everyday life more difficult.
If you cannot fall asleep in the evening because your head is full of thoughts, you will probably wake up in the morning tired. Stress can also cause you to wake up constantly at night or to toss and turn restlessly in bed. A restless sleep is a sign that the body is busy reducing the stress of the day. And it does not make getting up the next day any easier.
If the problems occur acutely, you may be able to identify a cause yourself and take countermeasures. But it becomes really damaging when a vicious circle develops. If you suffer from acute sleep deprivation or already have chronic sleep problems, you should tackle the whole thing together with your doctor. Because sleep problems are not to be taken lightly. Basically, the highest priority should always be to get to the root of the problem and find the cause.
Further causes of sleep problems
Besides stress, there are numerous other causes of sleep disorders. During sleep the body processes the experiences of the day. If this is interrupted, we are disturbed in our natural rhythm. Mental problems or other illnesses can be a fundamental cause of sleep problems.
Organic diseases as a cause of sleep disorders
- Heart & circulation disorders (e.g. high blood pressure)
- Joint inflammation (e.g. rheumatism)
- Respiratory diseases or lung diseases (e.g. asthma, bronchitis)
- Chronic pain
- Back pain
- Thyroid diseases
- Neurological diseases
- Multiple sclerosis
Mental illnesses as a cause of sleep disorders
- Emotional burdens
- Burn-out syndrome
- Obsessive-compulsive disorders
Fighting the symptoms - Why sleeping pills are not a permanent solution
In many cases, only the symptoms of sleep deprivation are treated instead of the cause. One wants to solve the problem quickly and reaches for commercial sleeping pills. These are nowadays mostly made of tranquilizers. Such drugs help to reduce anxiety and contribute to relaxation. Substances such as benzodiazepines, doxylamine or promethazine have an anxiety-relieving, calming, muscle-relaxing and antispasmodic effects. They create an artificial sleep state that does not allow for real deep sleep.
Such sleeping pills have some unpleasant side effects. The ingredients replace the body's own messenger substances that it needs for restful sleep. The body gets used to the drug and produces less of the required messenger substances itself. At least the job is taken away from it. This creates a risk of dependence. Unfortunately, many users notice this side effects too late. More than one million Germans are said to be dependent on sleeping pills. The number of unreported cases is known to be much higher.
CBD as an alternative?
Herbal natural remedies are always available as an alternative to chemical drugs. It is worth trying for people who find it difficult to fall asleep without any aids.
Traditional plants such as valerian have long been known to combat insomnia. However, new scientific findings also bring new plant helpers that represent an alternative. CBD oil is in trend - also for sleep problems.
The big advantage is the mechanism of action of the plant substance. Instead of replacing the body's own messenger substances, CBD (cannabidiol) stimulates the production of the body's own messenger substances. In this way, the active substance helps directly at the cause of the problem. The cannabinoid docks directly to the human endocannabinoid system. Here, it acts like a little helper rushing to the support to get its own systems going again. Through this kind of effect, CBD does not create dependency.
Even though the investigations into sleep disorders in connection with CBD are still very recent, individual properties in particular can be clearly proven - by studies and numerous users. CBD has a muscle-relaxing, anxiety-relieving, calming and antispasmodic effect. Does this sound familiar to you? These are the same properties that today's sleeping pills have - with one big difference: the mechanism of action.
CBD has an anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect
Besides the most common cause of sleep deprivation - daily stress - pain of any kind is the main reason for disturbed sleep.
The properties of CBD can also help with these causes. Pain is often caused by inflammation. This is where the inhibitory effect of CBD helps - whether taken orally or applied locally to an affected area. The variety of CBD products leaves some room for the desired application.
Since CBD has a generally relaxing effect, chronic pain of any kind can also be soothed. Every body reacts differently to herbal substances. Therefore CBD cannot be called a panacea. However, it is worth a try before you need chemical drugs permanently to fall asleep.
Change from sleep medication to CBD
We have already explained earlier in the article that chemical sleeping pills create an artificial sleeping state. This also means that the brain can no longer function normally. It intervenes directly in the nervous system and the processing of the day cannot take place as usual. The body is deprived of the important deep sleep phases, which leads to a lack of recovery.
People who regularly take sleeping pills can probably confirm this: You feel almost as tired the next morning as if you had one too many the night before. You are less resilient and more easily irritated. A miserable vicious circle that is difficult to break again in everyday life.
The mechanism of action of the CBD can provide a remedy here. The body learns again to produce the messenger substances itself and to actively contribute to its own restful sleep. The best thing is the lack of side effects. CBD does not lead to dependence. There are hardly any experience reports that mention consequences the next day.
Instead, users report longer periods of deep sleep, which contributes to a recovered feeling the following day.
The right dosage of CBD for sleep problems
While you will always find precise instructions on the packaging of commercially available sleeping pills, the situation is quite different with CBD. Experimenting is about studying instead of endlessly long package inserts. This can be a deterrent at first, but it also means that nothing can really go wrong. For sleep problems, it is recommended to take CBD oil orally just before bedtime. An effect occurs via the oral mucosa after about 20-30 minutes. The dosage can be individually adjusted in drop form.
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