Insomnia is a psychiatric condition that affects the patient’s sleep for consecutive nights. If it lasts for less than three months, it’s known as short-term insomnia. If it’s longer than that, it becomes long-term insomnia. Almost a quarter of people in the UK say that they have difficulty falling asleep to some extent.
On average, humans need a certain amount of sleep each night:
If you’re getting less than that, that’s a sign of an unhealthy sleeping pattern and can be an early sign of insomnia.
Some symptoms of insomnia that might mean you have the condition include:
All of these are signs that your body is not getting the amount of sleep it needs, which points to insomnia. Of course, this also depends on your own behaviour. If you are deliberately staying up late, then it might not be a medical condition. Instead, it might be a habitual one.
Insomnia can be caused by several different things, depending on the individual. The most common causes are:
Many of the treatment options for insomnia are self-help focused. People suffering from insomnia can try a range of techniques themselves to help cure their insomnia. These include:
If those lifestyle and behavioural changes don’t work, there are further steps to pursue. Pharmacists can provide over-the-counter sleeping aids. Some contain natural ingredients, such as valerian, lavender or melatonin, while others contain antihistamines. These sleeping aids will induce drowsiness, helping you build up a healthier sleeping schedule in the short term and reducing the effects of insomnia overall.
In 2017, a study ‘Cannabis, Cannabinoids, and Sleep: a Review of the Literature’ by Kimberly A Babson, James Sottile, and Danielle Morabito, showed that there are therapeutic effects associated with using medical cannabis to treat insomnia.
In particular, CBD is believed to help those suffering from interrupted REM sleep cycles and excessive daytime sleepiness. In addition, another element of medical cannabis, nabilone, may reduce nightmares associated with PTSD, improving quality of sleep and reducing anxiety in certain patients. Nabilone may also improve sleep among patients with chronic pain by reducing pain and discomfort.
The Medical Cannabis Clinics’ team is dedicated to raising awareness about how medical cannabis can help with a range of psychiatric conditions, including insomnia. We offer personalised treatment plans and private care for patients through online video link consultations with our expert specialist doctors, who will guide you through the treatment options available from the clinic.
At The Medical Cannabis Clinics, your prescription can be tailored to suit your individual circumstances and needs, with ongoing support and adjustments made as necessary. Appointments start from just £70. Book a private consultation today and one of our expert specialist doctors will be able to offer you targeted advice and treatment plans, unique to your needs and symptoms.
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