The Science of CBD for Sleep

The Science of CBD for Sleep
Dr. Jen Palmer, ND

Medically reviewed by Dr. Jen Palmer, ND -  Naturopathic Doctor


Sleep is one of those aspects of everyday life that most everyone understands is essential, and yet, many still struggle to get as much as they need. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, only one in ten Americans consider sleep to be their top priority over fitness, work, hobbies, their social life, etc.

Why is sleep important? Simply put, because it directly impacts one’s productivity and overall health and wellbeing. Sleep deprivation can cause you to lose up to 11 days of productivity per year, and people who only get five to six hours (as opposed to seven-plus) are over four times more likely to get sick. When you combine those two aspects, you start to understand just how profound of an impact sleep deprivation has on the country as a whole—currently about $411 billion in lost output annually.

Before we go any further, here are four general steps for helping to support one’s sleep:

  1. Work with your physician to resolve any issues with sleep apnea
  2. Limit your caffeine consumption and try to avoid alcohol
  3. Maintain a regular sleep schedule to keep your body on-track
  4. Reduce stress with meditation and exercise a few hours before bed

Can CBD be added to this list? As pioneers of our industry, we understand the benefits of developing a consistent routine. Among other things, our premium hemp extracts are designed to help maintain healthy sleep cycles and support a better and more sound sleep.*

How Does CBD Help with Sleep?

There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to CBD and sleep. The first is something we just touched on, and that is consistency. Just like it’s important to try and get yourself into a consistent nightly routine, CBD is often most effective when it’s taken regularly.

Start by taking it at the same time each day and work on including it as a daily part of your routine. The first month is especially important, as studies on CBD for sleep have shown that this is when CBD has proven to be most impactful for sleep.

Daily stress can also be a primary contributor to your lack of sleep. Do you often find yourself lying awake in bed at night with your mind racing? Perhaps your issue isn’t just with sleep itself. CBD has been known to help support a sense of calm for focus* as well, so if a daily supplement seems to better fit your schedule, CBD capsules and oils can also play a part in your routine.

In support of that last point, studies show that CBD does not change your sleep architecture, so if you’re already a good sleeper, taking CBD during the day won’t negatively impact your internal schedule around sleep. Everyone is different, however, and CBD has a tendency to support the body’s overall balance according to need.

What is the Best CBD Oil for Sleep?

When it comes to selecting the best product for you, it helps to understand how each option was designed to fit into your routine.

CBD Oil for Sleep: As we mentioned, CBD oil is a great option and an easy add-in for bringing hemp extract into your daily routine. All of our oils contain CBD plus naturally occurring phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and more in each serving, and can easily be mixed into your favorite food or drink. If you’re unsure where to start, we recommend trying our CBD Value Bundle.

CBD Capsules for Sleep: When life gets busy, CBD liquid capsules make it easy to add Charlotte’s Web™ hemp extract to your wellness routine. They go where you go, delivering a precise serving every time. If you prefer your supplements in capsules, our 15mg and 25mg options make for a familiar option.

CBD Gummies for Sleep: And if you’re looking for another alternative, great things can also come from a gummy. With our CBD Sleep* Gummies, we’ve paired the renowned natural sleeping aid, melatonin, with the power of our Charlotte’s Web™ CBD and the rest of hemp’s naturally occurring phytocannabinoids to support sound, quality sleep, and regular sleeping cycles.*

Melatonin, for those unfamiliar, is a hormone that regulates our circadian rhythm cycles. It is secreted by the pineal gland about two hours before sleep onset. Certain factors, such as medications and light from electronic devices, tend to reduce or suppress melatonin production, adding to consumers’ complications with sleep. That’s why, when it comes to our gummies, 3 mg is key.

There you have it. If you're diligent about working it into your daily routine, we’ve learned that you can harness the naturally restorative powers of CBD for sleep. As always, please consult your regular physician before beginning any supplement routine.