CBD or Melatonin? Which is better for sleep?

CBD or Melatonin? Which is better for sleep?

Better sleep should be in your wellness plan

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that adults sleeping less than 7 hours nightly are more likely to report the top 10 chronic health condition as compared to people that got enough sleep which in these data study is more than 7 hours in a 24-hour period. Some of these top 10 health conditions affected by sleep disorders and lack of regular sleep include coronary heart disease, depression, and heart attacks. Circadian rhythm is an innate biological feature that is basically our internal 24-hour clock that regulates many systems in our bodies. Lack of sleep can cause major disruption in our sleep-wake cycle which is all related to sleep patterns and health conditions.  

Tips for getting great sleep:

With 40-50 million Americans reporting to the American Sleep Association that they suffer difficulties sleeping and achieving good sleep nightly, there are many things that help create a good sleeping pattern. Like most things in life creating good sleeping pattering requires practice and dedication. It helps our brains create a better sleep cycle if we adhere to a “getting to sleep routine” which can include:

  • Going to bed at the same time
  • Unplugging all tech, electronics, and relax 30-minutes prior to bedtime
  • Not keeping a TV in the bedroom 
  • Sticking to getting up at the same time every day, even on your days off
  • Limiting caffeinated, alcohol, and sugary drinks, especially later in the day

If you still experience problems falling asleep or staying asleep, always speak with your medical professionals and try some natural health and wellness products that some find effective for inducing sleep like melatonin and CBD.  

CBD and Melatonin’s role in sleep

While more research is needed on both melatonin and CBD, more and more studies are being conducted that validate both compounds for improving people’s quality and duration of their sleep.

Melatonin is a hormone produced in our bodies that does play a role in sleep. It’s produced in the brain and related to time as more is produced in the evening when it’s dark. This hormone does diminish with age. Melatonin is widely believed to be safe and effective in improving the quality of sleep for many with minor side effects and a good safety profile reported by medical professionals. 

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in the hemp plant (cannabis l sativa) and it contains no THC which is the psychoactive component in cannabis. CBD works with our endocannabinoid system which is comprised of neuromodulators and receptors that regulate vital functions like mood, pain, and sleep. Many medical professionals believe that CBD is a key component for helping improve circadian rhythm which is instrumental in improving the sleep-wake cycles that plague insomniacs.  

Which is better for sleep?

The simple answer is there is no simple answer. What works for one might not work for the other. We all react differently and have completely different sleep issues so CBD might work better for sleep-wake cycles and melatonin could help you fall asleep faster. Yet, research is still being conducted on both and certainly with CBD being so new, there are many more studies required to help navigate the complex issue of sleep. 

There is research to suggest that CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system producing a relaxing and calming effect on our bodies. This alone is evidence to support that CBD is good for sleep because many people suffering from lack of sleep are nervous about not falling asleep and suffer from anxiety. “CBD has been shown to have anxiety-relieving effects, and anxiety disorders can be a cause of insomnia,” Dr. Damas says.

Talk it over with your medical and wellness professionals. Track your sleep patterns along with what happens when you introduce either or both compounds into your sleep practice. Measure the success factors of each and see if they work for you. 

Design Wellness Tips:

As with all wellness products, it’s always a good idea consult with your physician and to start out slow to measure their success factors for everyone’s individual Endocannabinoid System, the part of the Central Nervous System that interacts with cannabinoids like CBD, CBN, CBL, CBG, THC, and others.

We always recommend taking time to discover what dosage works best for you by keeping a journal and tracking when and how much hemp oil you’re using. Track your health and wellness plan to gage when you need to make an adjustment to ensure that you get your desired results when you need it and it integrates seamlessly with your wellness goals.


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Patrick Kilcoyne

Patrick Kilcoyne has a passion for wellness and all things CBD. Patrick has 3+ years of experience in the industry and brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. Patrick also has a passion for animals of all kinds, especially dogs and cats. Having been surrounded by dogs his whole life, he has developed a passion for researching pet care and alternative treatments for pets. With a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Design from Plymouth State University, Patrick is also passionate about multimedia content creation, photography, and integrated marketing communications. In his free time Patrick enjoys fitness, researching alternative wellness, connecting with new people, and the great outdoors.