Restful Sleep

OK, raise your hand if you’ve ever had trouble getting to sleep. Any trouble staying asleep? Can you remember the last time you had a good night’s sleep and actually woke up feeling refreshed? So many of us feel trapped in a cycle of late, restless sleep. Millions of Americans run a chronic sleep deficit, and that’s bad for your health. The Centers for Disease Control says the magic number is 7: anything less than 7 hours a night puts you at risk of a whole host of health problems: obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and more.

You could lose a lot of sleep just worrying about these risks. Some of us turn to chemical aids to help us power down and get the sleep we need. But some prescription drugs could turn out to be nightmares, with disturbing side effects. What we really want—what we need—is quality sleep.

Studies have shown that when our endocannabinoid system is balanced, our sleep cycles are likely to be more balanced as well. And when our endocannabinoid system needs a little help, a new prescription or even the latest OTC treatment may help—for a while. We know that CBD molecules work with our body’s endocannabinoid system, helping to restore balance. That’s all your ECS wants—a little balance. And a little more sleep.

Understand the risk of Prescription Pills

Grim statistics: 10,000 deaths per year are directly caused by and attributed to hypnotic drugs, based on medical examiner data. However, large epidemiological studies suggest the number of fatalities may actually be closer to 300,000-500,000 per year. The difference can be attributed to under reported use of hypnotics at the time of death and the fact that prescription hypnotics are rarely listed as the cause of death.

Dr. Kripke reviewed 40 studies conducted on prescription sleeping pills, which include hypnotic drugs such as zolpidem (Ambien, Edlmar, Intermezzo and Zolpimist), temazepam (Restoril), eszopiclone (Lunesta), zaleplon (Sonata), triazolam (Halcion), flurazepam (Dalmane and Dalmadorm), quazepam, and other barbiturates used for sleep. Of these 40 studies, thirty-nine found that consumption of hypnotics is “associated with excess mortality” to the tune of a 4.6 times greater risk of death for hypnotic users.

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Restful ZZZs

OK, raise your hand if you’ve ever had trouble getting to sleep. Any trouble staying asleep? Can you remember the last time you had a good night’s sleep and actually woke up feeling refreshed? So many of us feel trapped in a cycle of late, restless sleep. Millions of Americans run a chronic sleep deficit, and that’s bad for your health. The Centers for Disease Control says the magic number is 7: anything less than 7 hours a night puts you at risk of a whole host of health problems: obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and more.

You could lose a lot of sleep just worrying about these risks. Some of us turn to chemical aids to help us power down and get the sleep we need. But some prescription drugs could turn out to be nightmares, with disturbing side effects. What we really want—what we need—is quality sleep.

Studies have shown that when our endocannabinoid system is balanced, our sleep cycles are likely to be more balanced as well. And when our endocannabinoid system needs a little help, a new prescription or even the latest OTC treatment may help—for a while. We know that CBD molecules work with our body’s endocannabinoid system, helping to restore balance. That’s all your ECS wants—a little balance. And a little more sleep.