Can Hemp Gold Drops Help You Sleep?
Updated: Jul 21, 2019
In recent years Hemp extract oil products have gained popularity amongst people looking to ease stress, anxiety and depression, and the common resultant symptom: trouble sleeping.
One of the main reasons that Hemp extract oils are becoming more popular in treating the behaviours associated with bad sleeping is that they don’t pose the risks that some prescribed sedatives do. Hemp extract isn’t addictive and does not present any known long-term health risks.
Hemp extract does not cause drowsiness, but is instead thought to be able to treat the cause of insomnia and other sleep problems at its root which is often stress or anxiety related.
The sleep cycle
There are five stages of sleep, Stages 1 to 4 are known as non-rapid eye movement (NREM) stages and stage 5 is what’s called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Each sleep cycle lasts around 90 minutes, but the precise amount of time we spend in NREM and REM stages varies.
Research shows that Hemp extract oils can help to modulate the sleep cycle. This means that in low doses it can promote wakefulness and alertness. These qualities make it a great indirect way to improve your sleep habits and help to alter your sleeping routine.
Should I use Hemp extract oils for insomnia?
Hemp extract oils do not have sedative properties, meaning that it is not an alternative to sleeping pills or other prescription drugs.
However, whereas sedatives can simply put a bandage on the problem by alleviating immediate sleep issues, anecdotal evidence shows that Hemp extract oils could do more to address the root of the issue which is often anxiety or stress related.
REM behaviour disorder
Hemp extract oils promote REM sleep and can be helpful for sleep disorders in people with neurological conditions like Parkinson’s.
During the REM stage of a typical sleeping cycle, the body is usually paralyzed in REM atonia, meaning that normal muscle function is significantly reduced and movement is rare.
REM behaviour disorders can cause people to act out physically during REM sleep because the common sleep paralysis doesn’t occur and muscles are still active. REM behaviour conditions are common in people with Parkinson’s disease, and Hemp extract oils can improve behaviours associated with REM sleep behaviour disorder.
Although we would never recommend using Hemp extract oils as a replacement for prescribed medicines that have been recommended to help you sleep, it can be a great supplement to help you to better manage your sleep habits and reduce the stress or anxiety that could be the root of the issue.