Name one thing better than a good night of sleep...we are waiting. If your answer is “nothing,” you’ve come to the right place. A great night’s sleep is restorative and transformative. A bad night’s sleep is quite the opposite, ruining your next day with constant yawning, a pounding headache, and an overall sluggish energy level.
With daily stressors from work, family, and whatever else you have going on, trouble sleeping is not surprising. That’s where Winged Wellness comes in. We love using the power of natural remedies to support us during the nighttime. Let us give you a complete breakdown of our favorite sleepy-time friends: CBD and melatonin.
Melatonin vs. CBD for Sleep
Even though CBD and melatonin both help you get to bed, they are vastly different. Knowing the difference can help guide you to find what sleepy formula works best for you, whether it’s CBD, melatonin, or both!
What is CBD?
CBD (AKA cannabidiol) has blown up, to say the least. CBD is one of the most prevalent cannabinoids in the Cannabis sativa plant. It is loved for its ability to give you the calming effect of hemp without the high. Hemp oil contains less than 0.3% THC so it won’t produce any psychoactive effects.
CBD’s real magic is found in its ability to guide your mind and body back into balance. CBD influences your endocannabinoid system. Your endocannabinoid system impacts many of your body’s functions like mood, appetite, memory, and we are just getting started. It also influences your circadian rhythms that govern sleep/wake cycles. This is where CBD can play a huge role in your sleep.
CBD doesn’t necessarily target one symptom or issue in your body, instead, it helps your body communicate with itself, allowing your body to reach homeostasis.
How Can CBD Help Me Sleep?
CBD has no psychoactive effect and has shown promise in supporting sleep quality. We are talking about sought-after REM sleep. In a retrospective case series, CBD improved the sleep of participants by 67% after four weeks!
CBD helps bust all that may be preventing you from getting a goodnight’s sleep (i.e. anxiety, chronic pain, period cramps).
What is Melatonin?
Melatonin is commonly used after hours as a sleep aid. After all, it is the sleep hormone. Melatonin is naturally produced in response to darkness. It works to keep your circadian rhythm in check, which is how you get a perfect night of sleep.
Melatonin is produced naturally when the sun goes down, but our technology-filled world makes melatonin production more tricky. The primary blame goes to all the blue light produced from your computer screen or your phone.
You can increase your melatonin production naturally by cutting screen time down before bed. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, create a relaxing night time ritual to unwind before bed.
You may be hesitant to try melatonin as many believe it gives a “hangover,” making you feel groggy or sluggish. This feeling comes from taking an improper amount of melatonin. So, how much melatonin is too much?
How Can Melatonin Help Me Sleep?
You may feel a slight “hangover” from melatonin if you are taking a higher dosage than you need which is above 4-5 mg (depending on sensitivity). This high dosage of melatonin will stay in your system overnight and into the next day. Melatonin does a good job of making you sleepy which is the opposite of what you need come morning.
Our Sleepyhead Gummies found the perfect formula for melatonin complementing its effects with other herbal extracts and amino acids. This formula contains a low dose of Melatonin to gently nudge you to sleep. Sleepyhead contains calming herbs like Passionflower and Jujube to drift you into sleep, while Lemon Balm calms anxiousness and running thoughts.
Pro-tip: When taken 30-60 minutes before bed, you should still benefit from the sleepy effect without morning grogginess. Take back the night and get a fantastic night of sleep.
Melatonin and Birth Control
The pineal gland is responsible for producing melatonin and regulates important female hormones, having the potential to impact fertility and the menstrual cycle.
Does Melatonin Cancel Out Birth Control?
The only concern you should have when taking both melatonin and birth control is the possible risk of producing too much melatonin.
While the research is still growing on the results of taking melatonin and birth control together, we do know that melatonin can impact natural cycles, whether it be sleep or hormonal cycles. If you are on birth control, we recommend speaking with your doctor before regularly taking melatonin.
Melatonin and CBD For Sleep Gummies
Want to try it for yourself? Our Sleepy CBD Gummies combine super sleepy ingredients: CBD, Evening Primrose Oil, Melatonin, 5-HTP, GABA, and L-Theanine. Our Sleepy CBD Gummies were formulated by a holistic nutritionist specifically for women. These vegan gummies were designed to improve the duration and depth of your sleep.
Take one gummy 30 to 60 minutes before you go to bed, and you’ll be yawning in no time! If you aren’t feeling very sleepy, feel free to take a second one.
We are all different. Check out all our formulas and packs devoted to helping women sleep better!