Is it better to take one of these supplements than a prescription sleep aide like Ambien or Lunesta? Supplements still come with side effects (sedation, confusion, falls, and medication interactions), they may be more expensive than prescriptions (so no financial savings) and there is no guarantee “natural” is better. Actually, the best medicine for insomnia is not a medication or supplement at all, but a type of therapy called “cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia” (CBT-I). This therapy, backed by research, is administered by a professional therapist and emphasizes healthy sleep hygiene. If you do not have access to CBT-I therapy, you can still make changes to your sleep hygiene – and improve your sleep – on your own.
Having cancer is hard enough, and then trying to manage sleep disturbances on top of that does not seem fair. However, the payoff for working on your sleep is so worth it! Feeling rested in the morning makes the day feel like something you can handle. Patients in survivorship have commented that the skills that they developed during cancer treatment are useful long after treatment ends. “I did not want to deal with cancer, but it taught me a lot about really taking care of myself,” “if I pay attention to my sleep habits, my energy is so much better” and “there is no perfect pill for sleep, but I know I will eventually sleep, especially if my days are busy.”
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Over the last several years after my sleep apnea diagnosis, I’ve learned a lot about the condition. One of the main problems people face is dealing with their CPAP masks .
People going through treatment for cancer deal with several difficult physical and emotional symptoms, but the one that is especially frustrating is poor sleep. Not sleeping well leaves you with daytime fatigue, irritability and trouble concentrating long enough to get anything done, which is especially upsetting on days that you have off from medical appointments. Being awake in the middle of the night is psychologically difficult given that the quiet of night hours leave little to distract you from worries about your cancer experience and other life stressors.
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As such, both CBD oil and melatonin combined can offer you a more sustained level of quality sleep, with minimal waking patterns.
In other words, this hormone plays a crucial role in regulating your sleep-wake-up cycle, also known as the circadian rhythm.
To begin with, the following is a brief explanation of available research and information.
The right dose for taking CBD oil with melatonin
It’s through these receptors and interactions that CBD oil appears to be able to affect many of the body’s functions, including your sleep-wake cycles.
In general, the dosage will depend on an array of factors such as age, weight, severity of insomnia, and other health conditions you may be experiencing. More on dosage shortly.
Although taking both together is generally considered safe, make sure you don’t overload sleeping substances.
How CBD oil and melatonin work
This is especially relevant to current generations as they are regularly exposed to artificial light through phones, tablets, and computers. Therefore, melatonin production is treating affected.
Now taking high doses of melatonin, especially anything higher than 5mg, is seen to be ineffective. So, taking a dose higher than 5mg will be unnecessary and is not worth the side effects.