If you struggle to fall asleep at night, have frequent nightmares, or suffer from other sleep disturbances, you have probably tried many different ways to get better sleep. Have you tried marijuana, though?
Some people are hesitant to use marijuana to improve their sleep because they aren’t sure how to do it, they worry about dependence, or they are concerned about its history as an illegal substance. However, marijuana has helped many people finally find the rest they desire. Here’s what you need to know when considering using marijuana to improve your sleep.
Types of Strains that Help with Sleep
You may want to use different types of marijuana depending on your particular sleep problem. When researchers looked at the different ways people use it for sleep, they found that people who have nightmares prefer sativa strains to indica ones. Theory is there’s something about these strains that makes bad dreams less likely.
Also, researchers found that people who struggle to fall asleep or who wake up in the night prefer strains with significantly higher levels of CBD. Another study found that a blend with 1:1 ratios of CBD to THC was also effective at helping people sleep better, even when they had significant, and sometimes chronic, pain.
These results may not hold true for everyone, but they do give you a place to start.
Benefits of Using Marijuana for Sleep
Why choose cannabis over other sleep aids? There are many reasons, but here are a few of the most compelling ones.
While some studies still seem to show marijuana can be habit forming, many others show otherwise. If you limit your cannabis consumption to around bedtime, you stand a very minimal chance of this becoming a problem for you.
Additionally, marijuana is also useful for treating pain, so you could reduce your pain levels and help yourself rest, all at the same time. Cannabis may ease the symptoms of all types of pain, from neuropathic pain to pain from cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and more. If you need pain management but you don’t like narcotics, or you find that those also interfere with your sleep, marijuana could be an answer to both problems.
Using cannabis to help you sleep also means that you aren’t using addictive sleeping pills that can leave you feeling lethargic in the morning.
Other Natural Ways to Promote Good Sleep
While marijuana can help you sleep better, there are other natural things that you can do to promote better sleep, too. Sure, you may need to take some time to figure out exactly what works for you, but all of these things together should help you get the sleep you need.
1: Your Mattress
Get a really good mattress. If your spine is out of alignment or you are just plain uncomfortable, you won’t sleep well even when you do use cannabis. A mattress is an investment, but it’s an investment in your health and wellness for years to come. Try out a bed at a mattress store or buy one online and sleep better soon.
Look at your sleep environment. How loud is your bedroom? Do bright lights shine in? Is it consistently too hot or too cold? All of these distractions can make it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep, and they can cause you to get poor sleep even if you’re not awake all night. Taking care of your sleep environment can be a huge step toward getting better rest.
3: Sleep Routine
Set up a sleep routine. Try to go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning. Also, set up a nighttime pattern where you do the same things right before bed every night. All of this will help your body get on a schedule, so it knows when to sleep and when to wake.
You don’t have to let insomnia get the best of you. Combine the right kind of cannabis for you and your sleep problems with some good sleep habits, and you may find yourself resting better than you ever have before.
Guest post by Alicia Sanchez. Alicia is a researcher for the sleep science hub Tuck.com with a specialty in health and wellness. A Nashville native, Alicia finds the sound of summer storms so soothing that she still sleeps with recorded rain on her white noise machine.