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A Leaders Biggest Price To Pay? Insomnia

It goes without saying that entrepreneurs are highly successful and driven people. But that success can come at a price. Even the cash-rich can be time-poor, and sleep can be one of the first things to take a hit when you’re under stress.

It’s no secret that the more you stress, the worse you sleep. And that’s definitely true when it comes to entrepreneurs. You spend your life constantly generating new ideas, solving problems and planning ahead. You’re carrying sole responsibility for your business. So is it any wonder that when bedtime comes around, you just can’t switch off that whirring mind?

Running on adrenalin can quickly leave you running on empty. And as soon as your sleep starts to suffer, your mental health can unravel surprisingly fast. Therefore it’s not just sleep itself that counts, but decent-quality sleep. If you find yourself tossing and turning all night, or waking up with a jolt worrying about the next day, you’re unlikely to have benefited from a good standard of sleep that you need to perform at your best.

While prescribed hypnotic sleep medications like Zopiclone can help you to initially sleep in the first place, it may not be very effective at helping you maintain a normal night’s sleep pattern. What’s more, doctors normally refuse to prescribe these powerful drugs for longer than a week due to the high risk of dependency and addiction. So what’s the alternative?

A growing number of people are incorporating CBD into their sleep routine as a natural way to improve the duration – and quality – of their sleep.

In a 2019 US study [1] led by Scott Shannon, MD, looked at the clinical application of CBD for anxiety and sleep complaints among psychiatric in-patients, when used alongside conventional treatment. The retrospective chart review included monthly documentation of anxiety and sleep quality in 103 adult patients.

The results were measured by sleep and anxiousness scores, using validated instruments, at baseline and after CBD treatment. The study revealed that anxiety scores decreased within the first month in 57 patients (79.2%) and remained at those lower levels during the duration of the study. Sleep scores improved within the first month in 48 patients (66.7%) but fluctuated over time. While research into the relationship between CBD and sleep continues to advance, the conclusion of this study echoes that of other studies around the world: CBD may have the potential to alleviate sleep- and anxiety-related disorders.

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Bibliography

[1] Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series”, S. Shannon, MD.

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