Cannabis Sleeping Problems – Curing Marijuana Withdrawal Induced Sleep Disruption

Often when I first engage with clients wishing to quit using cannabis products they raise the topic of how to achieve a proper nights rest without smoking their regular pre-bedtime supreme carts ‘joint’. In many cases there is evidence to suggest that the grim feeling arising from sleep deprivation acts as the catalyst for relapse. So the question for those wishing to smooth the passage through to becoming free of a dependence on marijuana is: What can be done to get that great night’s sleep that seems so elusive?

Why Can’t I Sleep! – Anyone who has been through a period in their life when they have suffered from insomnia will vouch as to the affect it has on a person’s overall well-being. It is easy to imagine therefore the increased impact that fitful sleep patterns have on those also suffering from the myriad of other consequences arising when breaking away from a dependence on cannabis. In my practice as a Cannabis Cessation Specialist the first step is to understand in each individual case to what ratio the issues are physical versus psychological.

As an example ‘Bob’, in his capacity as a restaurant Owner, has for many years spent his evenings consuming large volumes of coffee and then returning home and smoking marijuana for 2 hours prior to sleep. Bob’s attempt to quit smoking without adjusting his evening caffeine intake leaves him with a largely physical reason for his insomnia.

In another case ‘Tony’ has become accustomed to using cannabis in the evenings as a way of expelling the huge stress he feels whilst performing his job as a Stockbroker. When he does not smoke in the evening his anxiety levels raise to such a height that dispelling active thoughts related to work becomes impossible, as does then sleep.

What can I do? – Whatever the primary reason for your sleep issues the starting point has to be an honest appraisal of exactly what your routine is. It is important to detail every aspect of your typical evening activity. So begin by assessing your personal situation and remember to include; your mood patterns; food intake; exercise; alcohol consumption; any brain energizing intensive computer gaming; the typical period of time between going to bed and going to sleep; reading habits; TV time. Then try and apply the following useful rules:

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