Cannabis is a very common and extremely effective sleep aid for many people. A heavy indica will help put you to sleep fast and help you sleep more deeply. Cannabinoids like THC induce sleep. At the same time, they also extend your time in deep sleep. Here are five amazing ways cannabis can affect your sleep.
1. You fall asleep easier
2. Longer sleep
In one study, increasing the dose of THC also increased the amount of time spent sleeping. Look for indica-dominant strains with a high THC concentration to get the best effect.
3. Deeper sleep
Deep sleep is restorative sleep, the time that your body is able to regenerate itself, and the portion of the sleep cycle most affected by cannabis.
Research has found that the primary psychoactive in cannabis, THC, extends the amount of time you spend in deep sleep. So by partaking in a bedtime blunt or edible in some other way, you alter your endocannabinoid levels.
For more information on how cannabis affects deep sleep cycles, check out this article.
4. Shorter time in REM
The down side of this, however, is that evidence shows that REM sleep is for processing memories and information received during the day. Cannabis changes the length of the sleep cycle, so many nighttime canna-lovers tend to remember dreams less than their non-consuming counterparts.
5. Better breathing
Sleep apnea is a medical condition where a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep due to a lack of oxygen to the brain.
According to this study, animal data suggests that THC may be able to combat the condition by stabilizing breath and blocking the serotonin-induced exacerbation of sleep apnea.
Which is great news for the 25 percent of men and nine percent of women suffering from sleep apnea.
Check out this article for more information about sleep apnea.
If you want more information on what indica strains can help you sleep better, check out this article.