Insomnia


What is Insomnia and the symptoms?

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder where individuals find it difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep or both. The disorder can lower energy levels and mood as well as cause difficulties with health, work performance and quality of life. Around one third of Australians experience insomnia at some point in their lives.

Common symptoms and problems with Insomnia can also include;

- Difficulty waking at a normal time
- Daytime sleepiness or fatigue (may not be present)
- Poor concentration forgetfulness or making errors
- Irritable or grumpy mood
- ‘Sleep anxiety’ or worrying about lack of sleep
- Anxiety or depression (these issues can also cause insomnia)
- Tension headaches digestive symptoms.

Studies have shown that plant based endocannabinoid medicines can potentially improve Insomnia symptoms. Plant based medicine can improve insomnia, restfulness, and sleep quality[1]. Scientific research has identified endocannabinoid medicine compounds are the major players in promoting sleep and restfulness, including direct interaction with receptors in the brain, and potentiation of the body’s own natural sleep-enhancing compounds[2]. Endocannabinoid medicine can typically reduce the amount of REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep received[3]. Reducing REM sleep means reducing dreams and receiving a deeper sleep state, which is the most restorative, restful part of the sleep cycle. A published 2019 study[4], found that among plant based medicine users for sleep, 84% said it was “very” or “extremely” helpful.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6326553/

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7388834/

[3] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15118485/

[4]https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31264536-use-of-cannabis-to-relieve-pain-and-promote-sleep-by-customers-at-an-adult-use-dispensary/

Are you suffering from Insomnia or its symptoms? BOOK a consultation with one of our doctors now and explore plant based and endocannabinoid measures.