Does CBD work for Sleep? What do CBD Users Say?
Since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the popularity and demand for hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products remains strong. Today, it’s not a question of whether Americans know or do not know about hemp-derived CBD. We now know that plenty of Americans know and that many have turned to hemp-derived CBD for its varying health and everyday wellness benefits.
What about CBD for sleep? What do American CBD users say about it?
CBD Consumer Surveys
Numerous CBD consumer surveys have been done since the boom of CBD, all showing tons of Americans have tried CBD to help them go to sleep faster and/or to help them stay asleep throughout the night.1 Below, we highlight some of those surveys and what they show.
In a 2019 survey of 3,506 Americans conducted by ProjectCBD:
- 43.4% (1,521) reported using CBD for sleep.
- Of those:
- Participants indicated it took them 62 minutes to fall asleep without using CBD, versus 20 minutes when they used CBD. *Percentage not reported.
- Participants indicated they would awake roughly 4 times in a night when they didn’t use CBD, versus roughly once a night when they used CBD. *Percentage not reported.
- Nearly three-quarters of the participants reported that when used CBD they felt “refreshed” when they awoke, and 9% reported feeling tired upon awaking.
In a January 2019 survey of 4,000 Americans conducted by Consumer Reports:
- 10% reported taking CBD for better sleep.
- Among those, 52% found CBD “extremely effective or very effective”, and 16% found CBD “slightly or not at all effective”.
In a 2019 joint survey of over 2,000 Americans conducted by the Harris Poll & Quartz:
- 45% reported using CBD to improve sleep.
In a March 2019 survey of 855 women on the use of CBD conducted by Remedy Review:
- 39.7% of the Baby Boomers reported using CBD to improve sleep.
- 39% of Generation X reported using CBD to improve sleep.
- 44.7% of Millennials reported using CBD to improve sleep.
- Amongst all generations, 42.5% found CBD effective for improving sleep.
In a 2019 survey of 1,047 American seniors, also conducted by Remedy Review:
- 45.6% reported that CBD improved their sleep quality.
In a Gallup poll of Americans conducted from June 19-July 19, 2019:
- 11% reported using CBD for sleep/insomnia.
In a summer 2019 survey of 2,600 arthritis patients conducted by the Arthritis Foundation:
- 71% reported that using CBD improved their ability to sleep.
- Over 30% reported that CBD helped relieve their symptoms of fatigue.
In a August 2019 survey of over 2,000 Americans conducted by ValidCare:
- 5.81% reported using CBD for sleep disorders.
- Among all 2,000+ participants, zero adverse events were reported.
In a November 2019 survey of 1,273 vitamin and supplement users conducted by ConsumerLab.com:
- 45.4% reported using CBD for sleep.
In a Dec. 20, 2019 – Jan. 20, 2020 survey of 1,055 Americans conducted by The CBD Insider:
- 38.8% reported using CBD for sleep.
- Of those, 76.8% found CBD “extremely or very effective” for sleep.
In a February/March 2020 survey consisting of roughly 3,000 Americans participants conducted by the Natural Marketing Institute:
- 26% reported using CBD for promoting sleep/improving sleep quality.
In an April 2020 survey of 2,000 American adults conducted by SingleCare:
- 42% reported using CBD for sleep and insomnia.
Will CBD Help Me Sleep Better?
Hemp-derived CBD has helped many people improve their sleep quality. As reported above, some who used CBD for sleep found it effective, others found it slightly or somewhat effective, and others didn’t find it effective at all.
The reason CBD works for some and not for others likely depends on a variety of factors such as, for example, the type and amount of cannabinoids contained in the product, the method of delivery, how often it was used, the amount used, the length of use, the reason for not being able to fall asleep or staying asleep, and the participant’s overall health status.
If you’re curious about whether CBD can help improve your sleep quality, the simple answer is that you won’t know until you try it.
Which CBD Product is Best for Sleep?
With so many variables playing a role, there is no one-size-fits or works-best-for-all answer when it comes to trying a natural plant-based product, like a hemp-derived CBD product, as a sleep aid.
However, topical products may also help if the reason you’re not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep is due to distracting physical discomfort like muscle or joint aches or soreness.
Summing It Up
Many have found CBD to be effective as a sleep aid.
If you’re new to using CBD Oil, it’s best to start with a low serving size (commonly referred to as “dosage”) and gradually increase it as needed. On average, human CBD studies have reported a CBD dose of up to 1,500 mg per day to be well tolerated.1
As a new user, 1,500 mg per day is too high and you shouldn’t need that much unless recommended by your doctor. Start with a much lower amount, somewhere between 10mg-40mg to see if that amount helps improve your sleep quality. If you don’t notice a difference or the effect is not enough, you may opt to increase the amount by a serving size or two and keep gradually doing so until you reach your desired effect.
Your chances of having to increase or decrease the amount should be expected as part of your CBD experience. No two people are the same and the amount of CBD that’s right for you is just as unique as you. Monitor the amount you take and its effect, and then adjust accordingly.
No matter the amount taken, rest assured that no amount of CBD will make you feel “high” like marijuana would. Also, it’s been reported that CBD has no potential for abuse or dependence, including any withdrawal side effects or symptoms,2 so you need not worry about CBD addiction.
When taking CBD as a sleep aid, try to take it between 30 to 60 minutes before you go to bed.
Also, it’s best to avoid drinking beverages with caffeine and alcohol or eating foods with sugar as those may keep you up or disrupt your sleep. And, do put your devices away. Scrolling through social media, reading emails, shopping, or searching online will only keep you up. By putting them away, you’re helping your mind and body calm and wind down.
Sleep well, stay balanced, and be safe.
Sources + References
**The list of surveys highlighted in this educational blog are not exhaustive, but rather a list of surveys deepCBDs has compiled as of this date.
Bergamaschi MM, Queiroz RH, Zuardi AW, Crippa JA. Safety and side effects of cannabidiol, a Cannabis sativa constituent. Curr Drug Saf. 2011;6(4):237-249. doi:10.2174/157488611798280924; https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf (the World Health Organization reported that “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.”).
WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. Cannabidiol (CBD) Pre-Review Report: Agenda Item 5.2. World Health Organization. Thirty-ninth meeting, Geneva, 6-10 November 2017.