We totally get it! Sleeping is tough these days. There are tons of remedies out there, but CBD oil, primrose oil and lavender are two natural sleep aids that actually work to improve your sleep. Stick around, we’re making the case for these herbal sedatives, followed by five bedtime rituals to help you get better sleep!
Before we dive in, here are some stats to give you a better idea of how many people are struggling to sleep without disruption. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says that around 30% to 35% of the population deals with acute or short-term insomnia. That includes difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or waking up way too early. The root of the problem: stress. What a shocker… I mean, we’re dealing with a pandemic, so it’s completely understandable!
So, how do CBD and lavender treat those exhausting sleep issues? Well, the solution is right at your fingertips.
CBD Reduces Stress, So You Can Rest.
As usual, more research is needed in the realm of CBD – but it’s widely known to reduce stress and depression, which are the main triggers of insomnia. For example, one study of 72 participants who took 25 milligrams of CBD revealed that 79.2% experienced lower anxiety levels, while 66.7% reported better sleep. That’s really promising! Here’s another interesting truffle for your trove: research shows that CBD can improve the symptoms of REM sleep behavior disorder, which causes poor sleep and nightmares.
With that, we highly recommend trying our pre-dosed Calivolve CBD chocolates. Each vegan and gluten-free truffle is infused with 20 milligrams of full-spectrum CBD, a great starting point for newbies! Take a look at our delicious dosage guide for more info on how to create a balanced CBD routine. It may take some time to find your sweet spot, but it’s totally worth the wait, especially if you’re itching to sleep better without pharmaceuticals. You can also use oils, tinctures, capsules or flower. Whatever works best for your bod!
Primrose Oil Soothes Symptoms That Keep You up at Night
Much like CBD, there isn’t a whole lot of research directly linking primrose oil to better sleep, but we have some solid anecdotal evidence to work with! Many women have reported it settles feelings of depression, irritability, bloating (thanks to those stellar anti-inflammatory properties) and other symptoms related to PMS – all of which can seriously impact your sleep cycle. You can get your daily dose of relief by applying primrose oil topically or ingesting it. Since we swear by this remedy, we couldn’t help but concoct Soothe, a CBD truffle with primrose oil and blood orange. You’ll feel a renewed sense of ease, as a wave of stillness comes over you. OMG, our eyes are already getting heavy!
Lavender Aromatherapy Improves Sleep Quality.
Aside from yummy chocolate, CBD has another BFF that’ll get you feeling slumbersome: lavender! Just close your eyes and breathe in its sweet, mildly woodsy scent. Within minutes, you’ll feel serenity come over your body and lull you to sleep. That’s how effective lavender is as an all-natural sleep aid.
Lavender essential oil is by far the most popular choice for insomnia, a natural sleep aid that actually works! Many studies show it elevates relaxation and reduces anxiety, lowering your blood pressure and heart rate (both signs of stress). Better yet, lavender maximizes the time spent in a deep, slow-wave sleep. Zzzzzzz.
The most mind blowing fact about this gorgeous purple herb is that it can work just as well as a low dose of anti-anxiety sedative medications like Ativan! Super cool, right? Just writing about lavender makes us feel so calm. But we’ll snap out of it because we also have some great sleep tips ahead!
5 Bedtime Rituals To Help You Unwind.
CBD and lavender are all kinds of awesome, not only natural sleep aids, they also invoke a relaxing feeling before snuggling up in your duvet. Let’s call it the “sleep pregame”! Here are 5 tips we swear by, which include our fave herbs:
1. Take a lavender-infused bath.
There’s nothing more soothing than a soak before getting into your PJs! All you need is a lavender bath bomb, bubble bath or a few drops of essential oil. Mix it into warm water and let the aromatherapy do its thing. We love using SATURN lavender CBD bath bomb by fellow women-owned Luna Volta.
2. Pop in a Calivolve CBD truffle.
Our gluten-free and vegan CBD dark chocolate truffles take the edge off if you’re prone to tossing and turning at night. Eat a Soothe truffle with primrose oil and blood orange about an hour before hitting the hay to feel its effects. Keep an eye out…you might also spot another new flavor that’ll help you drift into the stars!
3. Turn off your phone.
It’s so easy to grab your cell phone and fall into the Instagram rabbit hole when you’re chilling in bed. But it’s important to fully unplug and peel your eyes off the screen. You need to de-stimulate to stop your mind from going a mile a minute!
4. Show gratitude.
We love keeping a gratitude journal to end the day on a positive note. Reflecting on what you’re thankful for creates good energy and reduces anxiety. If you’re a crystal person, even better! Use one to set loving intentions and reflect on happy things (FYI amethyst is perfect for sleep!)
5. Close your eyes, take deep breaths.
Inhale through your nose, inflating your lungs as fully as possible. Let the air enter your belly. Hold for 10 seconds. Exhale through your mouth and release all that air. Keep repeating until you feel still and sleepy.
Take our word for it – these rituals, along with our go-to herbal sleep aids, will have you dreaming of little truffles prancing through lavender fields as far as the eye can see! That sounds pretty magical…maybe even a little trippy, but we’re here for it.
Resting easy has never been easier. Sweet dreams, chocolinis!