You must be on the hunt for the perfect CBD sleep gummies
Not sure yet? Well, I can safely assume you are one of the tens of millions of Americans that struggles to get the sleep you need, or you have in the past. If that’s the case, you are reading the right blog.
Whether you realize it or not, you’re probably looking for the right CBD sleep gummies. Let’s start by having a closer look at the most common sleep aids, and see how those measure up to what CBD sleep gummies have to offer.
Prescription sleep medications may be too much
Perhaps you’ve already tried prescription sleep medications and you aren’t happy with them, or maybe you’re wondering if prescription sleep medications are what you need to solve your sleep problem. Either way, it’s in your best interest to know as much as you can about anything before putting it into your body.
Let’s just start with some basics. Here are the top 10 most commonly prescribed sleep medications, the main benefits, and common side-effects associated with each.
It’s important to note that these lists of purpose and side effects are not exhaustive. We didn’t want this blog post to look like a medical dictionary, so we limited our list to more prominent side effects.
You should refer to our links at the end of this article to explore more exhaustive information about these medications before making any conclusions about them. We also encourage you to research beyond the information we’ve provided here, and always consult with your personal healthcare professional before trying any new medications or supplements.
Side effects take over the situation very quickly
When did we stop analyzing the tradeoffs of the things we put in our bodies? You shouldn’t have to sign up for 10 new problems just to solve one existing problem. When you examine the side effects of these sleep medications, you have to ask yourself if it’s worth it.
Many of the side effects are much worse than simply struggling to get to sleep. That’s not to say there aren’t situations where these medications are helpful, they wouldn’t be on the market if they weren’t helpful in some capacity. However, there is a range of sleep struggles. You wouldn’t do surgery on a papercut, so don’t throw prescription-level solutions at nature-level problems.
Those over-the-counter sleep aids are safe though… right?
Yes. Anything being sold over-the-counter (OTC) is generally pretty safe, but there are limitations to that. There are 2 different compounds that are most commonly used in OTC sleep aids:
Are there less side effects associated with OTC sleep aids?
The list of side effects for these compounds isn’t any shorter than the lists for prescription sleep meds, and similar to half of the prescription sleep meds, these OTC compounds aren’t primarily intended for sleep. That happens to be a convenient side effect that a company can leverage and market.
Diphenhydramine and Doxylamine are both classified as antihistamines, and are primarily used to counteract symptoms associated with allergic reactions. We strongly recommend reading about these compounds before taking them, and of course consult with your personal healthcare professional.
Another common sleep aid is melatonin.
Melatonin is an interesting character in the world of sleep aids. Some folks swear by it. Some folks have decided it’s not for them. Many folks don’t fully understand melatonin, so they have a broken relationship with the hormone and misuse it as a supplement.
We’ve talked about melatonin in other blog posts, so please check those out too!
To catch up all the first-time folks just getting acquainted with melatonin, it’s a hormone that is naturally produced by your body. Specifically, in the pineal gland in your brain. This hormone is responsible for helping to regulate your body’s sleep-wake cycle. When it gets dark, your brain triggers the pineal gland to produce melatonin to get your body ready for sleep.
Melatonin’s list of side effects.
Since melatonin is a hormone that your body already produces in some amount, there really aren’t “side effects” associated with it. Understanding what it is, you can expect it to have its primary effect, and that’s get your body ready for sleep.
Will it be effective if you take in broad daylight? Probably not as effective.
What’s important to remember about melatonin is there is evidence that shows WHEN you take melatonin is actually more important than how much you take. If you take melatonin 1-2 hours before bed, when you are getting ready to end your day, less melatonin will be more effective. As opposed to taking melatonin 30 minutes to an hour before bed, then you need more to be effective, and it will be less effective.
More about the topic here.
Does that mean you have nothing to worry about when taking melatonin, besides it making you sleepy? Not exactly. You should understand how melatonin interacts with other things you are consuming. You also want to understand how sensitive you might be to a melatonin supplement.
Once again, please consult with your personal healthcare professional before introducing something new to your body.
Are CBD sleep gummies better than these other sleep aids?
The answer to that question is ultimately up to you. We can simply show you the purpose and side effects of everything, and based on your own circumstances you can decide what sleep aid is right for you.
There are a lot of CBD sleep gummies out there, and they are not all built the same. We’re going to focus on our Life Leaf Sweet Dreams Gummies for this comparison, because they have a very simple list of ingredients and they work. They’re also the most delicious sleep gummies on the market, but that’s for a different conversation.
We’ve already introduced the star ingredient in the Life Leaf Sweet Dreams Gummies, and that’s melatonin. In the supporting role, you will find a natural cannabinoid called cannabidiol (CBD).
The only other ingredients in these sleep gummies: organic cane sugar, organic tapioca syrup, water, pectin(vegan), natural flavors, malic acid, sodium citrate, organic fruit and vegetable juice, and citric acid.
CBD and side effects
Cannabinoids (CBD is a cannabinoid) are molecules produced by the cannabis plant, but they are also naturally produced by our bodies.
Kind of like melatonin?
Kind of, but not entirely. Melatonin is a hormone, cannabinoids are not. There are not hundreds of variations of melatonin like there are cannabinoids.
CBD being one variation of cannabinoid, does have some less-serious side effects associated with consumption.
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Stomach pain or discomfort
- Problems with walking (?)
Some of these can be explained by HOW you consume CBD, rather than the CBD having an effect on you. For example, most CBD is consumed in oil form. If you consume oil on an empty stomach, the acid reaction is going to cause stomach pain and probably diarrhea. These side effects are short-lived, but still not pleasant, so always take your CBD oil with some food on your stomach.
I can personally say I’ve never heard an account of someone drooling or having problems walking because they took CBD… we’ll leave that there.
The magic of Life Leaf Sweet Dreams gummies
While prescription sleep medications and OTC sleep aids rely on unnatural chemicals to manipulate brain function to induce sleep, natural remedies like melatonin and CBD help bodily functions work BETTER to help you sleep the way you were designed to.
CBD stimulates your endocannabinoid system (ECS), which helps all bodily systems function within balance of one another.
Melatonin is the Paul Revere-like hormone of your body, letting all systems know that the darkness is coming and it’s time to prepare for sleep.
When you combine two compounds that are responsible for making sure your bodily functions work as designed, you can a synergistic effect that helps your body operate better and ultimately helps you sleep better.
We can’t assume everyone’s sleep challenges are as simple as some bodily functions being out of balance. Not everything can be solved with natural remedies, but a lot of things can. Millions of people can find better sleep without compromising with a long list of side effects.
Maybe that’s you.
Maybe that’s someone you know.
Either way, we would like to help you sleep better.