Sleeping is one of the most important things in our lives, we would be more likely to die from lack of sleep than from lack of food. Experts suggest that we should sleep for about 6-8 hours every night, anything less than that can pose potential health risks. However thousands of people across the globe suffer from some form of sleep disorder, which can majorly affect their quality of life.
Sleep disorders refer to a variety of different conditions and it can refer to any type of abnormal sleep patterns. The most common sleep disorders are insomnia and sleep apnea.
Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a person suffers from insomnia when they are physically unable to fall asleep or they may have difficulty staying asleep long enough for the body to repair itself and for the sufferer to feel rested. Sleep apnia refers to blockages in the upper respiratory system that in severe cases it can cause people to stop breathing, but more commonly results in the sufferer snoring; the constant jolts awake from snoring or the loss of breath means that the sufferer will rarely enter the deeper stage of sleep, which are necessary in order to develop and recharge, meaning that they rarely feel completely rested.
An alternative treatment for sleep disorders
Research into the effects of medical cannabis, shows that it is able to help many conditions. Research about how cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC) can alleviate sleep disorders is on-going. Some studies have revealed that cannabidiol can:
- Reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep.
- Helps to reduce the number of times a sufferer will wake up in the night.
- Help people with psychological disorders such as PTSD to have fewer nightmares.
A trial in 2015 looked at how medical cannabis can improve sleep disorders. In some states of the US, they are aware of the benefits of using medical cannabis to combat sleep difficulties, and medical cannabis can even be prescribed as a medication for these types of disorders.
Although the studies on cannabinoids and sleep that are currently taking place hold no definite answers, they are on the right track to making some major breakthroughs. Medical cannabis may be able to alleviate sleep disorders for millions of people around the world.