Try This FirstYou may be able to modify your habits and/or environment to get a better night’s rest without resorting to drugs or technical sleep aids. Altering even one of these may be the key to improved rest, so make sure you can tick off each item before you give up. Even if you need further adjustments, you will have created a solid foundation.
What About Marijuana
More and more people of all ages are beginning to consider marijuana for various health issues. Of course, your doctor should approve any drug before you try it. Cannabis has a reputation for helping users fall asleep. Two of the main components of marijuana are cannabinoids and terpenes, both of which affect slumber.
Cannabinoids, including CBD, are being studied for their beneficial effects on depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, among others. They also appear to help induce sleep. THC, the product that gives the “high” associated with marijuana, has sedative effects. Recently, it’s been found to improve breathing during sleep (potentially helpful for sleep apnea). Studies also seem to show that THC increases time spent in slow-wave sleep.
Terpenes are the tiny molecules in marijuana that create its distinctive smell and taste. They also occur in many other plants, fruits and flowers. Among the many terpenes, several have been shown to have sedative effects. Some terpenes improve mood by elevating serotonin levels, and others reduce anxiety and stress, or ward off depression.
For a more complete discussion of marijuana and sleep, see a blog on the topic by Dr. Michael Breus.