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Importance of a Non-Habit Forming Sleep Aid

You’ve followed the general tips for getting enough sleep – sleeping on a regular schedule, avoiding caffeine and daytime naps, exercising regularly, avoiding lighted screens before bed, and managing stress. Americans are having trouble sleeping. Somewhere between 50 and 70 million Americans are currently thought to suffer from sleep disorders, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and around 4 percent of adults use prescription medication to get a good night’s rest.

“You need as much sleep as it takes for you to stay awake and alert the next day, without caffeine,” says Nathaniel Watson, M.D., co-director of the University of Washington Sleep Center in Seattle and president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, which last summer issued new sleep guidelines. It’s also okay if you wake up in the middle of the night, as long as you fall back asleep, Watson says.

According to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there has been a dramatic uptick in emergency-room visits related to zolpidem, the active ingredient in Ambien and other prescription sleep aids, from 2005 to 2010 (suicide attempts, bad reactions to the correct dosage of zolpidem, and cases where people had taken the drug without a prescription were not counted).

So now it’s the middle of the night and you toss and turn for long enough, and you start calculating how much shut-eye you’ll be able to get in different scenarios-“If I fall asleep in the next 10 minutes, I’ll get five hours.” – “I’ll skip breakfast and sleep in an extra 30 minutes”. If sleeping pills seem too extreme, what is there to do?

Many turn to other “natural” sleeping supplements or over the counter medications. Melatonin, the hormone that plays a role in your natural sleep-wake cycle, is has been a solution for night owls everywhere. Although, the Mayo Clinic states, “Melatonin is generally safe for short-term use. Unlike with many sleep medications, with melatonin, you are unlikely to become dependent, have a diminished response after repeated use (habituation), or experience a hangover effect. The most common melatonin side effects include: Headache Dizziness Nausea Drowsiness”

Some people report having vivid dreams or nightmares when they take melatonin. Taking too much of the supplement may disrupt the body’s internal clock and increase dream activity in some people.

NyQuil became aware of their customers using their nighttime cold and flu relief medication and created the first non-habit forming sleep aid for a good nights sleep. The active ingredients include Acetaminophen 500mg (pain reliever), Dextromethorphan HBr 15mg (cough suppressant) and Doxylamine succinate 6.25mg (antihistamine). Similar side effects of melatonin are reported.

CBD offers a wide range of products to relax your body and mind to help you fall fast asleep quickly and sleep soundly through the night. You can choose from the CBD + Melatonin Gummies, Sleep Syrup or Droppers and find the same relief. 

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