The importance of a good night’s sleep can’t be overstated. So often, we stay up late trying to milk the day for as much time as we can get — then wake up early feeling tired and bleary. Or we toss and turn in bed, replaying the events of the day or the week or the month, our brains cranked up until midnight while our bodies lay there exhausted.

Study after study has shown the importance of regular, restful sleep as part of a healthy lifestyle. Sleep deficiencies can affect everything from brain health and cognition to immune function and mental health.

Fortunately, choices for improving sleep have evolved over the years. Taking sedatives or antihistamines that leave you feeling groggy are far from the only — or healthiest — choices. Sleep seekers have turned to meditation, yoga, hot baths, and herbal supplements in the quest to ensure some solid shut-eye.

And now, another option has entered the sleep space: CBD.

CBD to the rescue

Chances are by now you’ve heard about cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis. It’s made its way to the forefront of the wellness movement.

Initial research shows that CBD, which doesn’t get you high, may be useful in easing the symptoms of a number of conditions, including:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • chronic pain
  • inflammation
  • skin conditions, such as eczema
  • some seizure disorders

Good news for you: It can also improve sleep. CBD taken at least an hour before bed may improve insomnia and promote a restful night’s sleep.

CBD Sleep Cocktail

Writer and CBD expert Gabriel Aly takes CBD every night before bed mixed into a tasty and simple juice cocktail containing tart cherries — a natural source of melatonin — and valerian root, which has been used historically to promote sleep.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup tart cherry juice
  • 1 cup white grape juice
  • 1/2 dropper valerian root tincture
  • Preferred dose of CBD oil

Directions

  1. Simply mix all ingredients.
  2. Enjoy before bed.

Gabriel’s favorite CBD oils

  • One of the most potent full-spectrum oils I’ve tried came from a company called TerraVida.
  • Another company I love is Lazarus Naturals. They use an alcohol extraction method and focus on quality control. Their prices are amazing and they offer 60 percent off to veterans, people with long-term disabilities, and people from low-income households.
  • CBDistillery is another well-known company that sells both full-spectrum and CBD isolate oils. Their CBD is extracted through the CO2 extraction method and they also use hemp sourced in the US.

More CBD recipes

If you’re interested in sampling more CBD recipes, this mango smoothie is designed to help alleviate pain and this peppermint chocolate espresso incorporates CBD as a way to balance out coffee jitters.

Is CBD Legal? Marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal on the federal level, but are legal under some state laws. Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal on the federal level, but are still illegal under some state laws. Check your state's laws and those of anywhere you travel. Keep in mind that nonprescription CBD products are not FDA-approved, and may be inaccurately labeled.


Kristi is a freelance writer and mother who spends most of her time caring for people other than herself. She’s frequently exhausted and compensates with an intense caffeine addiction. Find her on Twitter.