Early morning disorder, also referred to as advanced sleep phase disorder (ASPD), is a category of sleep disorder or circadian rhythm disorder that causes a person to wake up extremely early. These sleep disruptions can be caused by external demands, psychological stress, or life and work changes, and they can lead to sleepiness, insomnia, depression, impaired work or physical performance, and disrupted schedules. Because certain cannabinoids can help one sleep longer or function the day after a night of unrest, cannabis may be able to help those who suffer from this disorder.
Cannabis improves both quality and duration of sleep. THC, specifically, helps quickly and easily lull a person who suffers from insomnia to sleep, and the cannabinoid helps prevent sleep disruptions throughout the night. One study also found that cannabis not only facilitated the act of falling asleep, but also increased the duration of stage 4 sleep. CBD also increases sleep duration, and one study found high-CBD strains of cannabis helped improve function for those with early morning disorder, allowing them to better manage the effect of less sleep. This is likely because CBD has been found to have alerting properties making one feel more awake. When both cannabinoids are taken together, they have positive effects on sleep and can reduce stress and anxiety, one of the causes of early morning disorder.
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