Does medical marijuana help insomnia?
Many questions and research has gone into
this topic. Who has not suffered from a sleepless nite ? Do you ever feel like everyone else is irritable when you lack sleep? I know I do lol.
Before we discuss ”does medical marijuana help insomnia” let’s delve into the definition of insomnia and how it can reak havoc on one’s life?
Including how going without sleep can cause much stress and anxiety professionally and personally.
Definition of insomnia-per APA is a disorder in which people have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
So what criteria do a diagnosis of insomnia make you ask?
Sleep difficulties must occur three times a week for a minimum of three months.
Let’s talk about causes of insomnia-
There is short term insomnia.
This can be caused by a change in your sleeping habits, to stress, anxiety, depression to a traumatic event.
this last at least three months and often is associated with a secondary problem and or a combination.
Pain, from any source, can prevent sleep as well as anxiety.
”Does Medical Marijuana Help Insomnia?” Let’s continue to find out. Obesity, apnea, arthritis, diabetes, reflux, frequent urination, cardiac and respiratory diseases, and restless leg syndromes to name a few.
Are you able to sleep well if you are stressed? Some people with depression will sleep for hours however many sleep very little at all.
Insomnia can be caused by mood disorders such as bipolar and post-traumatic stress disorders.
Let’s talk about who is at risk!
Did you know that we gals are twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than the guys? You should see the responses from that question when Scarlett and I present this question as why they think that is true!
Some answers we agree with, some we question, some are hilarious and some are way out there lol.
We gals suffer from the “H” word. You know h o r m o n e s
Yikes and Yikes!
Have ya noticed menopause starts with men? Lol
Ok ok, we will stop picking on the guys.
Then we have perimenopause. The nite sweats and hot flashes oh my! And we must not forget postmenopause.
Age plays into this as well. Mayo Clinic reports that nearly half of all men and women over 60 years young demonstrate symptoms of insomnia.
It is recommended adults get 8 hours of sleep in 24 hour period.
Medications can interrupt your sleep.
We have cardiac medicine, antidepressants, allergy, and stimulants to name a few.
What about diet? Do ya think that might be an issue? Oh heck yes.
Coffee, energy drinks, tea, and sodas can jack you up, oh yes they can. I also think of cigarettes being a cousin to coffee regarding being a stimulant.
Some people will tell us” when I drink alcohol it helps me go to sleep ”We are confident that it does but guess what?”
It prevents the deep cycle of sleep which is needed for adequate slumber.
Do you think environmental changes matter? Your darn Skippy they do.
Are ya familiar with the term circadian rhythm? Think of it as your internal clock. It regulates sleep cycles, body temperature, and metabolism.
This is the 24-hour biochemical, psychological and behavioral cycle that exposure to sunlight effects.
If you work shift work or long distance travel this can change and affect your sleep cycle.
What do you do to help your sleep pattern?
Some will tell us that ”oh a good hot bath” while others will say ” avoid hot baths because they wake me up ”
Do you listen to soothing relaxing music, avoid working in bed, or watching TV? Flip your mattress, or use your favorite linens?
I have a cousin that would light candles to help him relax at night but his wife took the lighting of the candles to mean something else if ya know what I mean….. He, I didn’t need to know that piece of information either lol.
So ”does medical marijuana help insomnia”? The answer is a resounding yes!
Many patients/clients have reported to us that they prefer NOT to use conventional treatments such as ”more medicine” and that they actually slept with medical marijuana and it is not habit-forming nor did you would like to check they feel hung over the next day.
Medical Marijuana also decreases the frequency of nightmares.
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Well, guys, that is it re insomnia. Our role and goal are to do the research and bring the findings to you. Please do discuss with your health team your options. It is your health after all.
Would ya please let us know if these articles are helpful and what other topics you are interested in?
Elaine and Scarlett