It’s that spooky time of year when days get shorter, and images of ghouls and monsters adorn neighborhood shops and homes. Even though we know not to take the thrills of the Halloween season too seriously, fears and stresses keep us up at night all year round. Continue reading below to learn how CBD can banish frightening thoughts and ghastly night’s sleep.
How stressed out are we?
The answer is pretty darn stressed. Besides your average worries about family, work, and the hustle and bustle of life, many Americans suffer from anxiety disorders. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem in America, with more than 31% of Americans suffering from one. In reality, that number is probably much higher.
Unfortunately, almost 70 million American experience sleep problems regularly. Fears and stressors can play through our minds like a constant movie throughout the night. Losing even one night of sleep feels rough, but when it happens continually, sleep deprivation can lead to health concerns and a drop in quality of life.
What does stress feel like?
We’ve all been in situations where our heart starts to pound, our muscles tighten, and our minds can only perceive the threat in front of us. The release of adrenaline is designed to help us escape danger by running away or defending ourselves. This instantaneous response to danger is called fight or flight, and it’s not a bad thing.
But what happens when our bodies continually perceive danger even when no obvious threat exists? Many of us walk around with the effects of daily stress, including:
- High blood pressure
- Muscle aches and pain
- Shallow breathing
- Low immunities
- Depressed mood
Our brains are so over-activated that our bodies are tricked into believing we constantly need help! Even if physical threats are minimal, the stress of needing to pack so much into one day and the constant access to news and social media can leave us feeling worn down.
How does CBD help with stress?
Serotonin is a chemical in the body that communicates between the brain and nerve cells. Think of it as a mail carrier, constantly receiving messages from the brain and then delivering them to the nerve cells, allowing us to feel the effects of those messages physically. Serotonin plays a significant role in mood, anxiety, and depression.
CBD is thought to interact with nerve cells, specifically CB1 and CB2 receptors, and serotonin. When CBD is involved, the body does not interpret our mind’s threats with strong physical sensations, like rapid heartbeat, muscle tension, and racing thoughts. CBD may also help increase serotonin levels, which can help with feelings of apprehension or sadness.
How does CBD promote sleep?
CBD is a beloved natural remedy by those who suffer from a restless sleep. As we learned above, CBD can calm the nervous system, which turns off racing thoughts and allows us to take deep, clearing breaths. Once your mind and body are relaxed, it becomes much easier to catch some Zs.
CBD can also induce sleep by loosening our muscles and diminishing pain. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which controls our pain perception. CBD also has anti-inflammatory properties, meaning it can reduce achy and swollen joints.
Because of CBD’s many potentially wellness-inducing properties, it can be the perfect companion to help rejuvenate your mind, restore your body, and induce rest.
Vigilant CBD is your key to banishing stress.
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