Cannabis as aid to sleepless nights
According to the National Institutes of Health, insomnia is a sleep disorder that affects nearly 60 million Americans a year. Among adults, insomnia affects women more often than men. The incidence tends to increase with age. Sleep is as important to your health as a healthy diet and regular exercise. Whatever your reason for sleep loss, insomnia can affect you both mentally and physically. People with insomnia report a lower quality of life compared with people who are sleeping well.
The use of medical marijuana has been found to help people with insomnia. Whether it has become habitual or necessary for them to get a good night sleep, there’s no denying that partaking in cannabis will help the user sleep better. Marijuana helps ease insomnia as well as having many other beneficial effects on sleeping. Here are just a few effects marijuana has on a person’s patterns of sleep:
1. Falling Asleep is Easier
This reason is probably one of the most wanted benefits for people with insomnia. THC helps reduce the time it takes for a person to fall asleep significantly for both insomniacs and people who usually do not have much trouble falling asleep. Studies have found that THC reduces the time it takes for insomniacs to fall asleep by an average of over an hour.
2. Longer Periods of Sleep
Edibles and many strains of medical marijuana can help those who usually only get a few hours of sleep a night to get the rest their body needs. When you only get a few hours, or not enough sleep in general, your mental functions will be hampered and you will feel sluggish and clumsy. When you get enough sleep, you will be able to function at full capacity.
3. Deeper Sleep
Other than falling asleep easier and sleeping longer, THC also increases the amount of deep sleep one gets. Deep sleep is believed to play a big role in the restoration process of sleeping, which means you will awake feeling more refreshed and better after a good night’s sleep than you would regularly.
4. Better Breathing
To those who suffer from sleep apnea, medical marijuana can offer a great benefit. Many of the sufferers of sleep apnea still need to wear a CPAP mask every night during sleep, but not many know weed could help immensely. If the clinical trials go well, sleep apnea sufferers might be able to bypass the awkward machine in favor of taking smoking or ingesting cannabis before bed.
Here are some strains that help with sleep: God Bud, Bubba Kush, Chemdawg Trainwreck and Super Skunk.