Nightly routines are important for falling asleep easily and quickly. We’ve previously discussed some things you can do in your nighttime routine to fall asleep faster. In this article, we will discuss different ways you can incorporate CBD into your nighttime routine and the different benefits it can provide.
What is CBD and How Can It Help You Relax & Unwind
CBD is a chemical compound found in the marijuana plant. Unlike THC, another chemical in marijuana, CBD does not have psychoactive effects. Although CBD has been used for centuries in cultures around the world, it has recently gained popularity for its health benefits. CBD can help with pain, anxiety, sleep, aging, and more. CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is the system that regulates many bodily functions, including the processing of emotions and sleep. Consumption of CBD can reduce stress and improve sleep quality and quantity.
Different CBD Products You Can Incorporate Into Your Nighttime Routine
There are many different CBD products you can incorporate into your nighttime routine, each surviving a different purpose. You can choose to incorporate one or multiple CBD products, depending on your needs.
CBD to Reduce Muscle Pain
Muscle pain can have many causes such as strenuous exercise, arthritis, or joint pain. CBD for muscle pain can be consumed as a drop or tablet or applied as a cream, each with its own unique benefits. Drops and tablets allow you to monitor the dosage of CBD which you are consuming. A cream is able to be applied to a specific localized area. If you are someone with persistent muscle pain, incorporating a pain-reducing muscle rub into your nighttime routine can help your body feel at ease and allow you to get better quality of sleep.
CBD for Aging
CBD contains anti-inflammatory properties which may help slow the natural aging process and reduce visible signs of aging (1). There are many anti-aging products that contain CBD such as serums, skin lifting cream and food supplements, each designed with a specific anti-aging purpose. Skin lifting cream can hydrate the skin and protect the skin from air pollution. The CBD oil in the cream calms the skin, reducing the appearance of skin redness or feelings of irritation. A serum nourishes and hydrates the skin, reducing wrinkles and leaving the skin feeling softer and smoother. CBD food supplements can be taken in the morning and evening and help nourish and hydrate the skin from within.
CBD for Relaxation
One of CBD’s primary benefits is its ability to reduce stress and promote relaxation. It does this by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, which regulates moods and emotions. While research is still limited, studies done on animals concluded that CBD lowers signs of anxiety (2). Relax drops can be consumed daily and are a great addition to a nighttime routine.
CBD for Sleep
One of the responsibilities of the endocannabinoid system is regulating sleep. As CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, it helps regulate both quality and quantity of sleep. Taken before bed, CBD sleep drops can help a person fall asleep and stay asleep. Unlike prescription sleep pills, CBD does not leave behind a feeling of grogginess or harmful side effects.
The Importance of a Routine
Studies show that it can take anywhere from 18-254 days for an action to become a habit and on average, after 66 days a new behavior will become automatic (2). To get the most out of CBD products, consistency is important. Using your product or products of choice daily will allow you to maximize their benefits. Having a nighttime routine is also a great way to encourage healthy sleeping habits.