Sleep is important. Like, really important–we’re talking in terms of your mental, emotional, and physical well-being here. Sleep deprivation can lead to everything from irritability to trouble concentrating to a weakened immune system and worse. Yet roughly 164 million Americans report having trouble sleeping at least once a week.

There’s a whole industry comprised of chemical solutions to this distressingly widespread problem. But over-the-counter sleeping pills can hit harder than intended and leave you feeling hazy the next day. That’s why many sleep-starved citizens are turning to gentler, plant-based alternatives to help them get some shut-eye: namely, a powerful little cannabinoid called CBD.

So, can CBD really help you sleep?

The science suggests it can! But there are a few things it’s helpful to understand before adding CBD to your nighttime routine.

It May Help Regulate Your Body’s Natural Sleep Cycle

When it comes to the full extent of CBD’s effect on the body, scientists are still in the early stages of research. That means there’s no definitive answer as to how much or for how long CBD might aid with sleep. But the existing studies are promising, according to the American Sleep Association, and there’s no shortage of anecdotal success stories among happy CBD consumers.

It’s believed to work like this: many of your body’s natural processes –like pain and stress management, appetite regulation, and sleep –are kept in a state of balance by a complex network of molecules and receptors known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD promotes our bodies’ production of endocannabinoids, the natural transmitters (or message carriers) of the endocannabinoid system. It’s also one of several cannabinoids that can bind to your ECS receptors itself to help ferry messages between your brain and the rest of your body… messages including, “Hey, it’s time to go to sleep!” Put another way, CBD works with your endocannabinoid system to help get an out-of-whack circadian rhythm back on track.

And while it’s likely that CBD (especially in relatively high doses) does actually make you drowsy, its impact on your ability to nod off is multi-faceted –because CBD is also believed to relieve stress and even help you physically relax. So if a racing mind or a stiff back are what’s keeping you up at night, CBD may help clear a path towards Dreamland.

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You Can Boost CBD’s Power with Other Natural Ingredients

While CBD can help make for a peaceful night’s rest, it’s not exclusively a sleep aid–in fact, many people prefer to take it during the day. So if you’re really in need of something to help you catch some Zs, you might want to look for a product that contains other natural ingredients to complement CBD’s sleep-promoting properties.

One such product is the “Rest” formulation of Wana Wellness Fast-Acting Tinctures. Like all Wana Wellness products, it’s made with broad-spectrum hemp oil containing naturally occurring CBD and other beneficial plant compounds. But it also contains ingredients like melatonin (a sleep-regulating hormone), GABA (a calm-inducing neurotransmitter), skullcap and passionflower (both plants believed to have stress-relieving properties), and more. This carefully curated blend is designed specifically to send you into a deep, gentle sleep without grogginess the next day. Plus, Wana Quick Tinctures are powered by advanced nanoemulsion technology to improve our bodies absorption of CBD and deliver results in just 5-15 minutes –which means no more tossing and turning while you wait for your sleep aid to kick in!

Be Strategic About How You Use CBD to Help You Sleep

There’s nothing in the research to suggest that cannabinoids like CBD are physically addictive. But, as with virtually all sleep aids, it is possible to build up a tolerance to CBD –meaning, if you take it often enough, your body will start to need more and more of it to produce the same results.

For this reason, it’s a good idea to think critically about how you use CBD to help you sleep. Long term, taking it every single night may not be as effective as saving it for those evenings you’re feeling especially stressed out, keyed up, or otherwise AWAKE. And if insomnia is a chronic problem for you, make sure to consult your doctor about the best course of treatment.

All in all, if you’re one of the 164 million Americans struggling to drift off every night, there’s no reason not to make CBD a part of your sleepy time toolbox. The only thing left to say is: sweet dreams!