Often referred to as a person’s internal clock, circadian rhythm is the natural sleep-wake pattern that essentially signals your body when to sleep, awaken, when it’s hungry and many other physiological actions.  Every living organism has a different variation of a circadian rhythm, from humans to animals to house plants. For humans and animals alike, it is particularly important to make sure that their circadian rhythm stays in balance.  

In humans, the outcome from a disrupted circadian rhythm, can range from:

  • Extreme exhaustion
  • Fluctuation of hormone levels
  • Metabolism issues
  • Depression

There are an array of ways and combinations of practices to keep your circadian rhythm on track:

  • Eating at regular intervals
  • Choosing healthy foods
  • Regular exercise
  • Sleeping in a cooler environment 
  • Taking CBD oil is another great way to keep our body clocks on track and stay healthy and rested.

There are many new studies about the connection between the circadian rhythm and the endocannabinoid system.  As stated in an article on Project CBDs website regarding how the two work together, “Evidence of a strong relationship between the two is observed in the sleep-wake cycle fluctuations of anandamide and 2-AG (the brain’s own marijuana-like molecules), along with the metabolic enzymes that create and break down these endogenous cannabinoid compounds.” The central nervous system plays a huge part in regulating a healthy circadian rhythm, and there are many endocannabinoid receptors located throughout this particular system in the body.”

The interesting conundrum when it comes to utilizing CBD for insomnia is that it helps some to fall asleep, but with others, it can interrupt their sleep cycle. This occurs generally because CBD can be taken to increase mental alertness as well as for issues regarding falling and staying asleep.  That is why evaluating what time of day and how much CBD to take, is critical in finding its effectiveness.

Because the circadian rhythm is generally activated by cues that stimulate the central nervous system, studies have proven CBD to be particularly beneficial in restoring balance and resetting your internal body clock.  This occurs because of CBD’s ability to stimulate the release of particular endocannabinoids that are responsible for the control of certain central nervous system issues including:

  • Memory
  • Mood
  • Appetite
  • Sleep

There are some other herbal remedies that can be taken in conjunction with CBD, to help with insomnia and to assist in restoring your body’s circadian rhythm.  Some of them include: Passion Flower, lavender, camomile, kava kava, valerian- just to name a few.

Traveling can Disrupt Your Circadian Rhythm

Travelling to different time zones can also be disruptive to your body’s circadian rhythm.  This occurs mostly because our body is programmed to eat, sleep and wake around the same times throughout our daily lives.  When we are gone for an extended period of time, in a place where there is a significant time difference than what we are accustomed to, there is an adjustment period that can affect many elements in our lives. CBD is valuable when travelling under these circumstances because of its safe and effective means in treating anxiety, insomnia, headaches, and other symptoms that come along with jetlag and the disturbance that it causes to your circadian rhythm.  

As we become more aware of  the relevance of circadian rhythm and the well being of the mind and body, we can start to see personal improvements in  health and wellness. If you are affected by moodiness, lethargy, weight gain, or depression, your body clock may need some fine tuning.  CBD can help with your overall biological system and give you the support needed to encourage proper sleep patterns and long term circadian rhythm stability.