Ah, sleep! Those nerve-signaling chemicals called neurotransmitters that aid in “switching off” the body, are linked to perhaps one of the most necessary fundamental activities to promote one’s brain health and well-being…and that means sleep. I think of nothing that sounds better after a long day of work or travel. Falling asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow, sleeping a solid 7-8 hours through the night, and waking up refreshed. If only it were that easy for most of us…we’ve all been there before, restlessly tossing and turning in bed, mind racing and unable to fall asleep. The more you try to turn your brain off, the harder it becomes to get your necessary rest. However, you’re certainly not alone if you suffer from sleep issues. According to the American Sleep Association, a staggering 50-70 million US adults have a sleeping disorder with roughly one out of three reporting issues with insomnia. The negative consequences associated with sleep deprivation extend far beyond fatigue and lack of sharpness the following day, they can also be extremely detrimental to your long-term quality of life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that insufficient sleep statistically increases rates of depression, obesity, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, etc…
Fortunately, there are ways to help combat these problems. While not a sedative, CBD by itself is thought to have anti-anxiety and antidepressant qualities, making it easier for us ‘normal’ folk to relax before bed. In addition to CBD, melatonin also promotes sleep, but works in a different way to do so. Berkeley Gold’s Broad Spectrum CBD Nano-Gels with Melatonin pack a powerful one-two punch to tackle all various forms of sleep related issues. While many of us are familiar with melatonin, and possibly have experience with this supplement, it’s important to expand on what it is and why we insist on combining it with Berkeley Gold CBD to promote a solid night’s sleep.
Melatonin is a hormone naturally produced by the pineal gland, a pea-sized gland located just above the middle of your brain. It helps control your internal clock, letting your body know when it’s time to sleep and awaken. The body will naturally produce more melatonin at night, with greater amounts produced as our environment gets darker. Unfortunately, our everyday lifestyles, affectionately referred to as ‘modern life’ can disrupt melatonin production. Late nights at the office, too much blue light screen time on your smart phone, and even jet lag can cause disruptions in melatonin production. As a result, many people supplement with melatonin to help with decreased natural levels. The Sleep Foundation recommends 1mg as an effective dosage. Research also suggests that melatonin carries powerful antioxidant properties and can protect cardiovascular health.
While users consistently rave about their sleep improvements from our CBD standalone, adding melatonin to our Nano-Gels was icing on the cake. Each Berkeley Gold Nano-Gel comes loaded with 25mg of CBD along with other phytocannabinoids and 1mg of melatonin to boost efficiency and absorption. The combination of CBD and melatonin is showing to be an effective, natural way to boost melatonin levels and encourage sleep for even the most restless individuals.