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REST – An Effective CBD Sleep Aid
Getting great sleep is a vital part of wellness. That’s where REST comes in.
First things first: this post is a review of our experiences with this product and is our opinion, not medical advice. As with anything concerning your health, please consult your healthcare provider.
Good Sleep is Important
Everyone experiences difficulty getting a good night’s sleep from time to time, it happens. But there are periods of life when difficulty getting quality sleep is a bit more chronic. You know, stressful times at work, personal struggles, or the all-too-common challenges of getting quality sleep as we age. Those are the times when we often start looking for an effective sleep aid.
There are plenty of products on the market that claim to help you sleep. A very popular one is melatonin. Others would be various essential oils or even taking something like an antihistamine (which causes drowsiness). For many people, these products work fairly well, but many options come with the unfortunate side-effect of morning grogginess (melatonin certainly does that to me). Then, there are products containing CBD.
What is CBD?
Also known as Cannabidiol, CBD is a compound found in cannabis plants and counts for up to 40% of the plant’s extracts. Cannabis, of course, includes marijuana, but there are a number of plants in the genus, including hemp. CBD extracted from hemp doesn’t contain any of the psychoactive elements (such as THC) that are in marijuana.
CBD has been promoted for a wide variety of health issues (like anxiety and depression) but there is strong scientific evidence for its effectiveness in treating seizures in children suffering from epilepsy. There are also studies that suggest it may be helpful for treating chronic pain.
Sources: Harvard Health, Wikipedia, Healthline
Life Can Get in the Way of Sleep
The days of long commutes to work, stressful corporate jobs, plus all the responsibilities of raising a family are now several years in the past for us. However, that doesn’t mean that we’re falling asleep easily or blissfully sleeping for as long as we feel like. We still have jobs and life is often stressful (and then there is scrolling social media, or looking at the news before bedtime – a big no-no!).
For a while now my big problem with sleep has been staying asleep. Between the hours of 2 am – 5 am I often wake up three or four times in a night—not the best thing for that restful deep sleep! Obviously, I’ve got a need for an effective sleep aid.
So, when Coeur Organics reached out to us and asked if we would be interested in trying one of their products, I said “sure!” They have three products REST, FOCUS, and RELAX and I selected REST.
What is REST?
Coeur Organics’ three products are all blends of selected oils, including what they call a “Broad Spectrum Hemp CBD”. Since their CBD is sourced from hemp there isn’t any concern about even trace amounts of THC.
REST is their product designed to help you sleep and contains extracts of chamomile and lavender, along with their Hemp Extract Blend. It comes in a 30ml bottle with a dropper cap (air-travel compliant!). Inside is a light, pleasant-smelling oil. It’s simple to use: just shake lightly, draw up a full dropper, and place under your tongue for about a minute. I found the taste to be slightly sweet and a little floral—it’s nice. It was time to see if REST was an effective CBD sleep aid.
I used REST every night, just before bed, for over two weeks. This period included a few stressful events that could easily have caused some seriously disrupted sleep. Much to my delight, REST helped me to just fall gently asleep. It was striking, the first few days, how I barely remembered lying in bed for more than just a minute or two. In addition, the instances of waking went down to 1 or 2!
REST isn’t magic, of course, and CBD isn’t the only sleep aid ingredient in the blend. Chamomile and lavender, for example, are often suggested for relaxation and sleep. Also, it’s important to have good sleep habits such as reducing stimulation and screen use before bed, being careful about alcohol use, and creating a peaceful sleep environment. Using REST probably won’t instantly solve all your sleep problems, but my experience is that it causes me to easily fall asleep and helps significantly with my early morning unsettledness. All-in-all a solid WIN for me.
Try REST for a CBD Sleep Aid
If you are looking for CBD products that are effective sleep aids give REST a try and take a look at the other products from Coeur Organics. Please let me know in the comments if you have experience with any other sleep-oriented CBD products and also let us know if you try REST.
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