Submitted by Piece of Mind Cannabis
Have you ever taken a break from weed and found it made sleeping difficult? There’s nothing worse than having a great, clear day free from cannabis, only to lay down for bed and feel wide awake. Many people rely on weed to help them sleep. If you’re taking a tolerance break, don’t have access to the plant, or quitting for good, you’re probably wondering how to sleep without weed. Your favorite Washington state pot shop has got your back.
Whether you’re looking to start a new nighttime routine or trying to get through a dry evening, let’s take a look at how to sleep without weed.
New nighttime routine versus sleeping a night without weed
Before we jump in, we need to discuss the difference between starting a new routine and just getting through a single night without weed. If you are cutting back on your consumption and looking to sleep without the help of cannabis on a regular basis, the steps you need to take will be a little different than if you are just trying to get through a single night where you left your stash at home.
If you’re taking a tolerance break or quitting weed for good, you’re going to want to get into a new sleep routine in general. And for those who use cannabis regularly to fall asleep, this can be a process. It starts with looking at how sleep works, what our bodies need, and how we can optimize those needs for our lifestyle.
On the other hand, if you’re just looking to sleep a night without weed because you ran out or you left your stash at home while visiting family, the steps are different. You’re not looking to change your routine, you’re just looking for a quick way to fall asleep so you don’t have to stay up all night wishing you had weed.
We’ll start with the one-night scenario:
How to sleep without weed if you don’t have any
Most people who use weed to help sleep do it because it helps them relax and eases them into a sleepy state. Many people with insomnia love to consume cannabis before bed because it can induce feelings of sleepiness which aren’t always easy to come by at night.
Whether it’s stress, anxiety, chronic pain, or other things keeping you up late at night, not having access to weed can make your time to rest and recharge a hassle. But all is not lost.
Melatonin is a go-to supplement for many people looking to sleep better. It’s a sleep-regulating hormone that is produced naturally by the body. Consuming a melatonin supplement can boost these sleep hormones and help users get a good night’s sleep.
Researchers believe melatonin is likely to help those who struggle to sleep at a conventional bedtime. And if you’re up waiting to get sleepy because you don’t have weed to help, it may be the perfect solution.
Chamomile has been used as a sleep aid for hundreds of years. While there is not enough definitive evidence to prove that it is effective for sleep, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence from chamomile users who have seen good results.
It may be because chamomile tea has relaxing properties. Or perhaps it is the apigenin content in the herb. Apigenin is an antioxidant that binds to receptors that may promote sleepiness. Whatever the cause, there is no doubt that many people use chamomile to help them sleep better.
While it may not be as strong as cannabis, chamomile tea, paired with other relaxing activities may help you get to sleep in the short-term without weed.
Meditating before bed helps in a few ways. It should help you to relax and get into a calm state of mind. Meditating before bed will also keep you off of your screens, another important step to falling asleep at a decent time.
Don’t know how to meditate? There are plenty of guided meditations available online, along with apps that will lead you through the process.
How to sleep without weed on a regular basis
So you’ve decided to not rely on cannabis to help you sleep. It should only take one night to discover that this can be a real struggle. However, you can do it.
When you’re first starting the process, be sure to utilize the ideas we offered above for quick help to fall asleep. But if you’re making this a new routine, there are other steps you can take to make your sleep schedule more efficient.
It will most likely take a couple of weeks before your sleep schedule sorts itself out when you first stop smoking weed to sleep. Try melatonin, chamomile, and meditation as we suggested above for short-term help. For long-term help, assist your body in getting a new sleep routine by taking these steps:
Stop drinking caffeine before noon
If you’ve been able to get away with drinking coffee later in the day because you can just smoke weed to get sleep, it’s time to change that habit. Try to stop consuming caffeine as early as possible in the day to help you naturally get sleepier earlier in the evening.
Exercising right before bed is not a helpful way to fall asleep without weed. However, exercising regularly, earlier in the day, can help you to fall into a better sleep routine.
Physical activity is a super important way to regulate your sleep schedule. Not only can it help your sleep-wake cycle regulate, but it also can improve overall cognitive function. This may end up helping you relax and fall asleep on your own accord at night.
No screens before bed
Like to get high and fall asleep with your phone still in your hand? Say goodbye to those days.
Instead, set a time aside before bed that you will stop looking at screens. Aim for at least 30 minutes before you intend to sleep. You can read a book, meditate, or listen to music as you drift into a sleepy state.
Make a comfy sleeping space and only use it for sleep
If you like to hang out in your bed on a regular basis, it’s a good idea to cut the habit now. You want your body to associate your bed with sleep, not scrolling on your phone or watching TV on the regular.
Make it a super cozy space, complete with all of the blankets and pillows you like. And when you lay in your bed, do it because you are ready to sleep. Your body will start to associate this routine with bedtime.
Stick to a regular nighttime routine
Bodies are smart. If you can get a solid nighttime routine going, you’re likely to succeed in sleeping without weed.
The routine can start with putting your phone away, or begin even earlier as you wind down for the evening. Stick to a regular process of washing your face, brushing your teeth, and any other nighttime routines. This will help your body associate these processes with bedtime as well.
Let time do its thing
As frustrating as it can be trying to sleep without weed, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Many previous nighttime smokers have said that once they got over the initial sleeplessness, they now sleep even better than when they used to smoke before bed. The key is to be consistent and let your body adjust, which takes time and patience.
Sticking to all of the methods we listed above should help you get better sleep as you adjust to a weed-free bedtime routine. Above all, your body should adjust on its own. Keep in mind that if you’ve always had sleep problems, even before using cannabis, it’s possible they will return when you stop smoking weed.
If you just don’t like being high before bed, you can also opt to use CBD to help you sleep better. Many find that it’s relaxation-promoting properties help them sleep better at night.
5 Sleep tinctures at Piece of Mind Cannabis
If you want to have better sleep but don’t want to smoke weed at night, you can also try a sleep tincture. We have options with CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids to help you fall asleep better.
This is not a weed-free way to fall asleep, but it does cut out the act of smoking and has the potential to not get users high.
Stop by, say high, and we can discuss your sleep needs some more.
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