Insomnia and sleeplessness often go hand-in-hand with growing older. For many seniors, turning to sleep medication can have numerous unpleasant side effects that make their waking hours nearly as difficult as those sleepless nights.
As cannabis legalization expands across the United States, seniors in these locations are turning to cannabis to help them sleep soundly without enervating side effects. Moreover, cannabis is known to alleviate the other symptoms of systemic problems causing their sleeplessness. Let’s take a look at why more seniors are turning to cannabis to make their nights easier.
Many Seniors Rarely Sleep Through The Night On Their Own
It is estimated that only half of all senior citizens are able to sleep continuously for 7-8 hours per night. Pain from arthritis or other disorders, urinary and bowel problems, anxiety, depression, and PTSD are all culprits that keep most seniors from getting a good night’s rest.
Dosing with cannabis nightly has shown great promise in relieving the symptoms causing many seniors to lose precious hours of restful sleep. Tinctures and edible doses are usually taken in the evening or with dinner. By the time the dose takes effect, most seniors are ready for a restful night of sleep. Best of all, they don’t have to worry about waking up drowsy or with other side effects of sleep aids and medication.
Seniors Want An All-Natural Solution
Taking Benadryl or other pharmaceutical sleep aids is a less attractive option for most seniors. Taking so many pills a day as it is to maintain their health can feel burdensome, and adding one more medication to a growing list is incredibly demotivating to the average senior citizen. Taking cannabis via tincture, vapor or edible allows them to get an effective sleep aid that won’t add to their medication list.
Seniors Want Relief Without Opioids
Opioid addiction is a growing epidemic in the US and beyond, and most senior citizens don’t want to take or even keep opioid medication in their homes. Not only do many fear they may become dependent on opioid medications, but they also know that having them in their house makes them a target for thieves and addicts looking to score. Opioids may help many sleep and relieve severe pain, but those two benefits come at a steep cost to the patient.
Cannabis provides both the sleep-inducing effects and pain relief that seniors normally get from pharmaceutical medications. Since cannabis is not an opioid, there’s also significantly less risk of chemical dependency or the list of nasty side effects that usually accompany prescription pain and sleep meds. More importantly, cannabis does not carry the risk of a fatal overdose if you accidentally take too much.
All in all, seniors are turning to cannabis to help them sleep because it offers more benefits with fewer drawbacks. It relieves pain, helps them sleep deeper and longer, and has even shown positive benefits in treating chronic diseases and mental illness.
If you’re over fifty and having trouble getting a good night’s sleep, consider cannabis as an alternative to pharmaceutical medications. Medwell Health is here to help you live and sleep better with the best cannabis solutions.
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