Saturday, February 13, 2016

Medical Cannabis, Sleep & your Weight

While sleeping more will not necessarily help you lose weight, sleeping less, coupled with some unhealthy habits can certainly lead to you packing on the pounds.  Less sleep can leave us reaching for calorie loaded drinks and sugar to keep us awake.   Ask yourself the next few questions to see if you are getting adequate sleep and what to do about it. 

Do you get less than 8 hours of sleep? 
  •   Yes?  8 hours of good sleep is the recommended amount of sleep for the average adult. 

What happens if you don’t get those 7.5 hours ? 
  •   Without the adequate amount of sleep per night, the hormone balance in your body will not respond normally which can alter your metabolism. 
  •     Ghrelin and Leptin are two key hormones that control your hunger.  Without enough sleep, gherlin is over active telling you to eat, even when you may not feel hungry. Leptin, is under active, so it doesn’t kick in to stop you from eating when you’re full.
  •     When your body doesn’t get enough sleep, you also begin to produce more stress hormones (such as cortisol).  These hormones promote the storage of abdominal body fat. 

How can I get more good sleep?
  •   Some of the earliest research on medical cannabis and sleep shows that medical cannabis’s main ingredient, THC, can significantly reduce the time it takes for both insomniacs and healthy people to fall asleep.   
  •   Don’t drink caffeine late in the day. Drinking caffeine after 2 pm can keep you in the light stages of sleep, diminishing your overall sleep quality that night. 
  •   Early studies also revealed that taking either THC or CBD before bed could lead to an increase in overall sleep. In one study, increasing the dose of THC also increased the amount of time spent sleeping.
  •   However, higher doses of THC also caused a “hang over” feeling in some subjects when they woke up, while the feeling was not present at lower doses.
  •   Don’t eat a large meal close to bedtime.  If it is close to bedtime, try eating a couple healthy snacks and a small meal like a bowl of cereal instead.    
  •     Some of the more interesting effects of marijuana on sleep involve its impact on the sleep cycle. Studies show that THC can increase the amount of slow-wave sleep, also known as deep sleep, that an user experiences during their slumber.
  •     Try not to exercise right before bed.  Giving your body time to relax before bed will help ensure you get those hours of good sleep.  
  •     Most importantly, allot yourself enough time to sleep.  Go to bed early when you have to get up early the next morning.  Time management is key for adequate sleep. 
  •     Keep the bedroom dark and cool.  People sleep best in cool dark environments, so lower the temperature in your house or apartment and make sure all the lights are off and blinds/shades are drawn closed. 

When it comes to medical use, cannabis could offer an incredible benefit to the approximately 25% of men and 9% of women who suffer from a disorder called sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is characterized by disrupted breathing during sleep, and has been linked to a number of serious conditions, including diabetes and heart problems. Unfortunately, the vast majority of sleep apnea sufferers remain undiagnosed and untreated.

Even of those who seek treatment, many eventually give up on wearing a CPAP mask every night. Another way medical cannabis affects the sleep cycle is a reduction in REM sleep. Many people who smoke before bed report a lack of dreaming, which only occurs during REM sleep.

While less REM sleep could be seen as a negative effect of cannabis use, scientists are still not sure what purpose REM sleep actually serves.

However, people who quit after using cannabis on a frequent basis often experience an increase in REM sleep, also known as the “REM rebound” effect, which is accompanied by an increase in dreaming and restlessness during sleep. But this effect tends to wear off within days or weeks, depending on the individual. 

Sleep is key to maintaining a healthy body, so aim for those 8 hours of sleep and see how you feel the next day.  You’ll be surprised.  Three Strains to help with sleep : 

1 comment:

  1. I've found that marijuana is similar to alcohol in terms of its effects on sleep - that is, you fall asleep more easily, but the sleep you get tends to be not as good. That's why I don't like to recommend it as a sleep aid - instead, try taking a few milligrams of melatonin and reading for 30 minutes before bed.

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