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Is CBD Good for Sleep?

It is claimed that one of the benefits of CBD is better sleep. In this article we look at some of the research into CBD for sleep, as well as how CBD works to aid better sleep, and how to take CBD to beat insomnia.

Some studies argue that CBD helps sleep by tackling the root cause of insomnia and regulates other animals’ sleep cycles. More research needs to be done on these topics, however, as there is no conclusive evidence.

Research into CBD for sleep

Research into CBD for sleep is still in its infancy, however current research suggests that CBD aids sleep by helping to treat the conditions that cause insomnia. These conditions include:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Medication
  • Pain

66.7% of patients in a 2019 study on the relationship between CBD, sleep, and anxiety reported better sleep, whilst 79.2% reported lower anxiety levels after taking 25mg of CBD per day for 1 month. Similarly, according to a 2018 review, CBD may help to improve sleep in those with chronic pain, as CBD is claimed to soothe chronic pain.

By minimising chronic pain, or lowering anxiety levels, CBD effectively removes a barrier to sleep, allowing sufferers to fall asleep much more easily, or experience a better quality of sleep overall.
There is other research into how CBD may affect the release of cortisol, the stress hormone that usually peaks in the morning, but impacts insomniacs at night. Research suggests that high doses of CBD affects the release of cortisol at night, acting as a sedative.

How CBD works to help sleep

Most studies into CBD for sleep aren’t conclusive, and aren’t always able to say why CBD can help to aid better sleep. Although, some argue that CBD works by tackling the root cause of insomnia. However, one study has shown that CBD modulates sleep cycles in rats.

Most researchers do agree, however, that further study is needed to fully understand the relationship between CBD and sleep.

What is the best way to take CBD for sleep?

Start with a low dose of CBD, around 25mg per day, and gradually increase the dosage until you find what works for you. However, patience will be required as it’s unlikely that you’ll see immediate results. In some of the CBD sleep studies mentioned in this article, it took around 1 month for patients to notice a difference.

CBD comes in a variety of forms, and it may take some experimentation to discover which type works best for you. Vapes may get into your system quicker, but you might find that you prefer other methods of taking CBD such as oils and tinctures, gummies, or e-liquids.

At what time should you take CBD for sleep?

Whilst some recommend taking CBD right before going to bed, others recommend taking it at least an hour before, in order to promote a good night’s sleep.

Try taking CBD at different times before going to bed, and note down your dosage, what time you went to bed, and when you woke up/how long you slept for in order to gauge a routine that works.

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