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Anxiety and Sleep Disorder Studies

In America, the prevailing mental health disorder is anxiety, and affects up to 40 million people annually. Although it is treatable, only a small number (36.9%) will receive medical care. Children between the ages of 13 and 18 are also affected; with statistics stating that 25.1% of all children have an anxiety disorder in the United States. Research has also show that it is not uncommon for those that have anxiety, to also have or to lead to depression.

Feeling paranoid, stressed and anxious are all symptomatic of having an anxiety disorder. For most, it can prevent those from living their desired lives and goals. The main anxiety disorders include; social anxiety, general anxiety and panic disorder. This can include post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Anxiety can be ongoing in the long-term if one does not seek guidance or take the correct precautions.

The Anxiety and Depressions Association of America (ADAA) states on their site that a total of 60 million Americans report sleep problems. 40 million of which are chronic sleep disorders. Anxiety has almost always been associated with sleep issues. New research however, suggests that a lack of sleep can also lead to anxiety.

Sleep disorders, otherwise known as somnipathy, are medical conditions whereby the sleep patterns are regularly disrupted. Insomnia, sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome are the 3 most common sleep disorders in America today, however there are actually around 80 different types.

These 80 different types of sleep disorder are grouped into 6 different categories; insomnia, sleep related breathing disorders, sleep related movement disorders, parasomnias, central disorders of hypersomnolence and circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders.

Studies show that the vast majority of us aren’t getting as much sleep as we should be. The average American is now getting about 6.8 hours of sleep per night, which is well below the recommended amount for all age groups. Researchers believe that this is contributing to an overall decline in wellness across the population.

Studies are currently looking into the therapeutic effects that CBD (cannabidiol) could offer to those suffering with anxiety. Research has so far found that CBD oil could support happiness and relaxation. Unknown to some, CBD is not psychoactive (unlike THC) but can still give the sensation of calming throughout the body and mind.

There is some also some evidence to suggest that cannabis could help promote sleep in people suffering from a sleep disorder. Studies into the effects of cannabis on sleep are ongoing, but so far the findings appear to be promising.