CBD For Sleep: Best Products to Choose From in 2020

Stop staring at your alarm clock all night and do something about it.

Here are 8 of the best CBD products to help you get to sleep faster, and stay asleep longer.

Article By
Justin Cooke , posted 10 months ago

If you’ve been having trouble sleeping, you may want to give CBD a try. 

This powerful herbal sedative can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. 

Unfortunately, not all CBD products are up for the task. 

Our team has reviewed hundreds of CBD products over the years. We know what works and what doesn’t. 

In this guide, we’ll cover some of our top picks for supporting sleep, and explore steps you can take to get the most from your CBD supplements. 

If you’re looking for a quick recommendation, check out the melatonin-infused Snooze oil from Headery, or the 25 mg gummies by Royal CBD. 

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Best CBD Products For Sleep Support

Number Product Total CBD Potency Cost per mg CBD Link

1

Royal CBD Gummies

300 – 750 mg

10 – 25 mg per Gummy

$0.18

2

Snooze. By Headery

900 mg

30 mg/mL

$0.08

3

Kat’s Naturals Relax THC-Free Sublingual CBD Oil

50 mg – 300 mg

10 mg/mL

$0.20 – $0.36

4

Brothers Apothecary CBD Sleep Aid Capsules

168 – 672 mg

8 mg per Capsule

$0.07 – $0.09

5

cbdMD CBD Bath Bombs

100 mg

100 mg per Bath Bomb

$0.09

6

Social CBD Vape Pens

250 mg

500 mg/mL

$0.16

7

Nanocraft CBD Oil Drops

300 – 3000 mg

10 – 100 mg/mL

$0.06 – $0.19

8

Medterra CBD + Melatonin Dissolvable Sleep Tablets

750 mg

25 mg/tablet

$0.07

1. Royal CBD Gummies

$54.99
Royal CBD

Royal CBD Gummies 30 Gummies

4.33 / 5

  • Total CBD:

    300 – 750 mg

  • Potency:

    10 – 20 mg per Gummy

  • Cost per mg CBD:

    $0.18

  • Extract Type:

    CBD Isolate

  • THC Content:

    <0.3%

Royal CBD is one of our most frequently recommended brands. We love this brand because all its products remain within the highest level of their class — including these gummies.

Like most CBD gummies, they’re made with CBD isolate. While there are obvious benefits to using a full-spectrum product, CBD isolates are generally more consistent in their effects from one batch to another (due to less influence from other cannabis compounds). CBD isolates are also much less likely to interact with other supplements or medications and allow users to reach higher doses more safely — which is often necessary for the sleep-supportive effects of the compound.

Royal CBD gummies come in two strengths, 10 mg per gummy and 25 mg per gummy. For the purpose of supporting sleep, we much prefer the higher-potency option as most users require higher doses for supporting sleep than they do for other symptoms.

These gummies are completely vegan-friendly and gluten-free.

2. Snooze. By Headery

$69.99
Headery

Snooze. By Headery 30 mL

4.33 / 5

  • Total CBD:

    900 mg

  • CBD Potency:

    30 mg/mL

  • Cost per mg CBD:

    $0.08

  • Extract Type:

    Full-Spectrum

  • THC Content:

    <0.3%

Headery is one of the smaller CBD brands on our list, offering just two CBD products at the moment — which are designed to be used in combination.

This Snooze oil from headery incorporates a high-grade full-spectrum hemp extract with melatonin. It’s optimized for supporting sleep, using a strain high in sleep-supportive terpenes including myrcene and bisabolol. The oil also comes with what the creator felt was the easiest potency to calculate doses — 900 mg per bottle. This works out to exactly 1 mg of CBD for every drop of oil — making dosing the oil at night as simple as possible.

This oil can be purchased on its own, or in combination with the non-melatonin version — Good Morning — for an additional discount.

3. Kat’s Naturals Relax — THC-Free Sublingual CBD Oil

$19.99 – $59.99
Kat’s Naturals

Kat’s Naturals Relax THC-Free Sublingual CBD Oil 5 mL – 30 mL

4.67 / 5

  • Total CBD:

    50 mg – 300 mg

  • Potency :

    10 mg/mL

  • Cost per mg CBD:

    $0.20 – $0.40

  • Extract Type:

    Isolate

  • THC Content:

    0.0%

Kat’s Naturals is owned and operated by Kat Merryfield, an American herbalist from Tennessee. Her intimate knowledge of herbal medicine shines through with her product lineup — including this gem formulated for the specific goal of promoting a good night’s sleep.

This Relax formula is made with 10 milligrams of CBD for every milliliter (~30 drops) of oil — which is a reasonable dose for people who may be more sensitive to the sedative effects of CBD. In general, this dose is on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to its sedative effects, but the addition of the powerful sedative herb — hops (Humulus lupulus) — makes up for this and then some.

Hops is one of the only other members of the Cannabis family. Like cannabis, it produces a powerful sedative resin in the female flowers. Combining hops with CBD is a potent sleep-promoting supplement that will have you floating through the clouds in no time.

4. Brother’s Apothecary CBD Sleep Aid Capsules

$15.00 – $49.99
The Brothers Apothecary

Brothers Apothecary CBD Sleep Aid Capsules 21 – 84 Capsules

4.33 / 5

  • Total CBD:

    168 – 672 mg

  • Potency:

    8 mg/capsule

  • Cost per mg CBD:

    $0.07 – $0.09

  • Extract Type:

    Whole Herb

  • THC Content:

    <0.3%

The Brothers Apothecary was founded by two Portland-based brothers with a passion for natural wellness. They’ve put together some top-notch products — including this CBD sleep aid.

Each capsule contains 8 mg of CBD, along with valerian, chamomile, skullcap, and melatonin — all of which are highly revered for their ability to promote and sustain sleep. The intelligent blend of herbs work synergistically together to help you relax at the end of the day, and are strong enough to keep you in a deep sleep throughout the night.

5. cbdMD CBD Bath Bombs

$9.99
cbdMD

cbdMD CBD Bath Bombs

4.5 / 5

  • Total CBD:

    100 mg

  • Potency:

    100 mg per Bath Bomb

  • Cost per mg CBD:

    $0.09

  • Extract Type :

    Isolate

  • THC Content:

    0.0%

There’s nothing more relaxing than a proper bath at the end of a long day. In fact, having a relaxing ritual like a bubble bath right before bed is often enough on its own to release tight, stressed out muscles and lower cortisol levels. The result is a feeling of tranquility that makes it easy to drift off into dreamland when it finally comes time to rest your head on the pillow.

We especially like the Resist CBD Bath Bomb for its potent lavender aroma. Lavender is popular among aromatherapists for promoting sleep. One of the active compounds in lavender — lavandin — has even been shown to increase theta and alpha-brain waves which are associated with deep, restorative sleep.

Each bath bomb contains 100 mg of CBD — which isn’t enough to provide the sedative effects of CBD on its own but is certainly enough to loosen muscle tension which is one of the primary manifestations of pent-up stress from the day.

This bath bomb is surprisingly relaxing, and if used as a way to unwind and relax, this bath bomb goes a long way in helping you catch some z’s.

6. Social CBD Vape Pen — Lavender

Vaping is another great way of using CBD to promote sleep because of its fast-acting effects. It’s also a very ritualistic experience that can be used to help users mentally wind down at the end of the day.

Social CBD has taken a unique approach to its CBD vape pens by combining aspects of aromatherapy with CBD. This company offers pens in a variety of different flavors. Although we enjoy all of them we specifically recommend using the lavender vanilla vape pen if your goal is to promote a good night’s sleep.

These vape pens are disposable, which makes them as stress-free and convenient as possible — no need to fumble with sticky vape oils or replace burnt out vaporizer coils. As soon as you receive your vape in the mail you can get started.

Each vape comes preloaded with 250 milligrams of CBD concentrate mixed with lavender essential oil.

7. Nanocraft CBD Oil Drops

$59.99 – $199.99
Nanocraft CBD

Nanocraft CBD Oil Drops 30 mL

4.33 / 5

  • Total CBD :

    300 – 3000 mg

  • Potency:

    10 – 100 mg/mL

  • Cost per mg CBD :

    $0.06 – $0.19

  • Extract Type :

    Full-Spectrum

  • THC Content:

    <0.3%

Nanocraft CBD offers a range of CBD Oil Drops formulated for a variety of specific uses.

Their Night Formula is especially well-suited for supporting a full night of sleep. This oil is formulated with 300 mg of CBD (10 mg/mL), lavender, passionflower, 5-HTP, and melatonin — all of which work together to help you fall asleep, and stay asleep throughout the night.

We highly recommend this formula for anybody struggling with initiating sleep, or those who find themselves waking up several times throughout the night for no apparent reason.

8. Medterra CBD + Melatonin Dissolvable Tablets

$55.99
Medterra

Medterra CBD + Melatonin Dissolvable Sleep Tablets 30 tablets

4.67 / 5

  • Total CBD:

    750 mg

  • Potency:

    25 mg/tablet

  • Cost per mg CBD:

    $0.07

  • Extract Type:

    Broad-Spectrum

  • THC Content :

    0.0%

These tablets are potent — delivering a 25 mg dose of CBD and 10 mg of melatonin per tablet.

Melatonin is a hormone produced naturally in the human brain from serotonin. It’s used to regulate the sleep-wake cycle by preparing the body for rest when it gets closer to bedtime.

Melatonin is a popular supplement for improving sleep without leaving you feeling groggy the next morning.

To put these tablets in context, the recommended dose of melatonin is 2-10 mg, so these tablets are on the high end of the dose range. The CBD is also fairly potent and should be a strong enough dose for most people.

If you need a higher dose of CBD, it’s recommended that you combine these tablets with another form of CBD to avoid taking too much melatonin.

What to Look For When Buying CBD For Sleep

  1. Full-spectrum CBD oils are considered superior for sleep support compared to Isolates
  2. Find a high-potency CBD oil — low doses of CBD lack sedative benefits
  3. Only buy from manufacturers that provide clean third-party test results
  4. Products that contain other ingredients for optimizing sleep are preferable

CBD for Insomnia & Other Sleep Disorders

CBD has many uses but stands out for its role in regulating the central nervous system. This makes it especially useful for sleep dysfunctions which are heavily regulated by the nervous system.

Insomnia comes in many forms — it’s not all the same.

A lot of people refer to all insomnia as if it were the same thing — this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Sleep is a highly complex process involving multiple different organ systems and neurological processes. Issues with sleep can arise from hyperactive nerve activity, dysfunctional hormonal balance, blood sugar irregularities, poor thyroid function, digestive disturbances, cardiovascular disease, or environmental causes.

Depending on what’s actually causing the sleeping issues may change the ideal fix for the problem.

Let’s go over some of the key differences between the three main categories of insomnia:

1. Sleep-Onset Insomnia (Difficulty Falling Asleep)

We’ve all felt the form of insomnia before — you’re in bed, ready to go to sleep but your mind is racing. For some reason, all your best ideas are popping up at precisely the worst moment. You keep glancing over at your clock — running mental calculations to determine how long you’ll be able to sleep if you could fall asleep right now. This only makes it worse.

The technical term for this is sleep-onset insomnia — and it’s very common. This form of insomnia is most common in people experiencing high levels of stress. It can happen the night before a big event or meeting, or before a trip, you’re excited for. Unfortunately, it can also happen seemingly randomly — leaving you feeling tired and slow the following day.

Common Causes of Sleep Onset Insomnia:

A. High Stress Levels

When we’re under a lot of stress our cortisol levels can remain higher than normal for long periods of time. Cortisol is a stimulant, causing hyperactivity in the brain that becomes especially apparent when we try to shut off at the end of the day. Lowering stress is the primary goal to support sleep when the cause of insomnia is stress-related.

CBD can help by regulating cortisol levels and reducing the stimulating effects of cortisol in the brain.

B. Irregular Circadian Rhythm

Our circadian rhythm is what makes us feel tired at the end of the day, and awake in the morning and throughout the day. It’s regulated by two hormones — cortisol to make us feel awake, and melatonin to make us feel tired. This system can become out of balance while traveling (jet lag), during periods of stress, or if our sleeping patterns aren’t consistent (such as with shift work).

CBD can help in higher dosages by promoting sleep — if taken regularly at the same time each day this can help train the circadian rhythm.

C. Side-Effects of Medications

A lot of medications can also make it difficult to fall asleep. Stimulants like caffeine, Adderall, modafinil, Ritalin, or Vyvanse are the most common culprits, but other medications can cause this as well. Sleeping tablets are another major cause of this type of insomnia. We quickly develop tolerance to these medications — if we stop taking them it can cause significant difficulty falling asleep on our own until the tolerance wears off.

CBD has some of the same effects as certain sleeping pills (GABA activity) — always check with your doctor before using CBD in combination with, or instead of prescription medications.

2. Sleep-Maintenance Insomnia (Difficulty Staying Asleep)

With this form of insomnia, you may be able to fall asleep without any issues but will wake up one or more times each night — often around the same time.

This type of insomnia can have many different causes, which can be hard to identify at first. Anything from nervous system activity and circadian rhythm irregularities to diabetes or heart disease can cause us to wake up during the night.

The Three Most Common Causes of Sleep Maintenance Insomnia Include:

A. Blood Sugar Dysregulation

Our blood sugar levels are maintained at a constant level throughout the day. When we eat a meal, hormones like insulin shuttle excess sugar into the cells and convert any leftovers into fat for storage. When blood sugar drops between meals, stored sugar is released from the muscles and liver to keep blood sugar levels stable.

While we’re asleep we’re essentially forced to fast for several hours at a time. This can cause blood sugar to drop too low — which causes panic in the body that forces us to wake up from our sleep. We usually wake up feeling hungry and may need to get a midnight snack in order to fall back asleep.

CBD may help by regulating blood sugar levels and supporting liver function — which is a major regulator in the balance of blood sugar levels while we sleep. This helps us maintain optimal blood sugar levels longer — preventing low blood sugar from forcing us to wake up to eat. 

B. Circadian Rhythm Dysregulation

We’ve already covered how a dysfunctional circadian rhythm can affect our ability to fall asleep, but it can affect sleep maintenance as well.

Normally our sleep cycle follows a regular pattern — melatonin begins to rise in the evenings making us feel tired. It remains high until 2 or 3 hours before we usually wake up. At this point, cortisol levels gradually begin to rise — eventually reaching a point that forces us to wake up.

If our circadian rhythm is out of balance, cortisol levels may begin to rise much too early, causing us to wake up in the early hours of the morning — unable to fall back asleep. 

CBD may help by reducing the release of cortisol in the early hours of the morning, and keeping the effects of relaxing neurotransmitters like GABA high — making it more difficult for cortisol to make us wake up ahead of schedule.

C. Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder involving irregular breathing patterns while we sleep. Breathing may suddenly stop and start at random intervals. If breathing stops for even just a few seconds, our brain starves of oxygen and forces us to wake up in a panic.

Sleep apnea can be serious, and there are several different types — if you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea it’s crucial that you visit your doctor to get their professional opinion and run any necessary tests. CBD may not be appropriate for sleep apnea as a cause of insomnia.

3. Non-Restorative Sleep

The final form of insomnia doesn’t sound like insomnia at all — but it has the same effect.

People experiencing non-restorative sleep wake up feeling just as tired as they did when they went to bed. It feels as though you didn’t sleep at all, even though you were technically asleep all night.

There are a few different causes for this type of insomnia, some of which we’ve already covered:

A. Blood Sugar Dysregulation

Sometimes people who are experiencing only mild drops in blood sugar while they sleep don’t fully wake up from the low blood sugar. This makes it hard to pinpoint this as a cause for the unrefreshed sleep. Although blood sugar doesn’t drop enough to make us wake up, it can still interfere with the quality of our sleep. We need to remain in a deep resting state for most of the night to get a full sleep. If low blood sugar keeps pushing us back into higher layers of sleep and brain activity we may not have enough time in deep sleep to feel fully refreshed in the morning.

CBD may help by regulating blood sugar levels throughout the night. Additionally, eating high protein meals and avoiding processed sugar in the evenings can go a long way in preventing these symptoms.

B. Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome is an uncomfortable condition involving the urge to move the legs while resting or sleeping. These urges can prevent us from reaching deeper levels of sleep throughout the night — leaving us feeling unrefreshed the following morning.

This condition can happen randomly, and without any identifiable cause — however, it’s best to visit a doctor if your affected as it can also signal more serious underlying conditions like heart disease or diabetes. Best to check in with your doctor before using CBD for this cause of insomnia.

Guide to Using CBD for Sleep Support

1. Identify What Type of Insomnia You’re Experiencing

As we’ve already covered — not all insomnia is the same. There are many different causes and forms of insomnia. This can influence the best products for you specifically.

The first step to really optimizing your sleep with CBD is to find a product that will match your particular sleeping issue more closely.

With all of that said, even if you don’t know the exact cause of your sleeping trouble, CBD will still provide benefit.

Here Are Some General Guidelines for Each Type of Insomnia:
Type of Insomnia/Sleep Disturbance Considerations to Optimize CBD Use
Sleep Onset Insomnia • Use a full-spectrum CBD extract
• Use stronger doses of CBD
• Spend time winding down before bed at night
• Avoid electronic screens for at least an hour before bed
• Establish a routine bedtime every night
Sleep Maintenance Insomnia • Use a full-spectrum OR isolate CBD extract
• Use stronger doses of CBD
• Monitor blood glucose levels and eat meals higher in protein and complex carbs in the evening
• Use a humidifier if living in drier climates
• Consume some sugar before bed (to support the movement of tryptophan in the brain)
• Consider testing thyroid and liver function
Non-Restorative Sleep • Use full-spectrum OR isolate CBD
• Monitor blood glucose levels
• Consider using adaptogens
• Exercise first thing in the morning (to regulate cortisol spikes in the morning)
• Take measures to effectively manage stress levels

2. The Dose of CBD Matters

CBD is well-known for its sedative benefits — however, this is only true in the higher dosage ranges. Low doses lack thee sedative benefits, and may even provide a mild stimulating effect instead.

It’s difficult to provide specific dosage ranges of CBD for sleeping difficulties because everybody reacts to the compound differently. However, there are some general starting guidelines inexperienced users can use to get started. We recommend starting at the lowest dose for your weight rating, and build up gradually over time until you reach the desired level of effects.

Generally speaking, the effective dose for insomnia and sleeping disorders is on the stronger end of the spectrum.

Daily Doses of CBD by Weight and Desired Strength (in mg)

Weight (lbs) Low Strength Medium Strength High Strength

100 lbs

10 mg

30 mg

60 mg

125 lbs

13 mg

38 mg

75 mg

150 lbs

15 mg

45 mg

90 mg

175 lbs

17 mg

52 mg

105 mg

200 lbs

20 mg

60 mg

120 mg

225 lbs

22 mg

67 mg

135 mg

250 lbs

25 mg

75 mg

150 mg

Note: Keep in mind that these doses are in milligrams of total CBD. You can use this to figure out the amount of CBD oil or capsules you need to take to hit the recommended doses.

For more information on how we calculated these doses, and how to calculate your own, check this out.

For children experiencing sleeping issues the doses are different, learn more about calculating children’s doses of CBD here.

3. Look for CBD Formulated Specifically for Sleep

CBD is an excellent sleep supportive supplement — but it works best when paired with other supplements that promote sleep as well.

This may include nutrients like tryptophan and magnesium that support the production of melatonin, or even melatonin itself. Other supplements that support GABA can also help us relax long enough to fall asleep and keep brain activity low to help us remain in deep REM sleep for as long as possible.

There are plenty of other herbs and supplements that can be formulated with CBD to optimize its overall effects.

List of Other Beneficial herbs/Supplements to Take With CBD & Their Effects on Insomnia
Herb/Supplement Sleep Onset Insomnia Sleep Maintenance Insomnia Non-Restorative Sleep
German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
Glycine
Hops (Humulus lupulus)
Kava (Piper methysticum)
L-theanine
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Magnesium
Melatonin
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
Tryptophan
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

4. Check for Third-Party Test Results

If you’ve used our website before, you may be familiar with our stance on third-party testing.

To summarize, third-party testing is essential for CBD companies to be able to back up their claims. The CBD space is highly unregulated at this time, and there are a lot of companies that have been caught making false claims about their hemp quality, cannabinoid profiles, and purity of their products.

It’s easy to say your products are free from contaminants like solvents or heavy metals, or has specific levels of CBD — but much harder to prove this if you’re manufacturing methods aren’t perfect.

Third-party testing involves sending samples from each batch of extracts to an independent lab for analysis — by definition, these labs need to have no affiliation with the company manufacturing the CBD oil. 

Independent labs will usually test for the following:

  • Cannabinoid profiles
  • Terpene profiles
  • Organic solvent
  • Pesticides
  • Heavy metal contamination

Why Third-Party Testing Matters for Sleep Support

Third-party testing is more important than you might think. If you’re taking a product to help you sleep that has contaminants like heavy metals or pesticides — these can actually negate the benefits of the CBD and conversely make it more difficult for you to sleep.

Always check for third-party testing to prove the safety of the product you’re using before you use it — or if this isn’t your cup of tea you can always use our product guides to see if we were able to verify these tests for the product you were thinking about buying.

Some companies don’t post their results. This doesn’t guarantee their products have been compromised, but it makes it hard to trust these products. We recommend avoiding CBD oils or other products from companies that don’t put in the effort to get their products tested.

Key Takeaways: Best CBD For Sleep Support

CBD is an excellent supplement for supporting sleep for several reasons:

  1. It supports GABA activity in the brain — which is the primary relaxing neurotransmitter in the brain
  2. It regulates cortisol levels — which can keep us lying awake late at night, or force us to wake up too early in the morning
  3. It promotes muscle relaxation to help ease muscle tension when trying to fall asleep at night
  4. It regulates blood sugar levels — reducing the chances of waking up as a result of low blood sugar level in the night
  5. It’s directly sedative in larger doses — helping us get to sleep faster in the evening

Although there are several key benefits of CBD for supporting sleep — it shouldn’t be the only thing you do to ensure you’re getting adequate rest. Taking CBD along with other supplements and lifestyle changes to promote healthy sleep is going to be the most effective by far.

Additionally, make sure to use CBD products that have been independently tested for purity, potency, and safety — and aim for CBD products that are on the higher end of the dosage spectrum.

For a detailed insight into the products you’re considering to support sleep, be sure to check out our product reviews where we provide expert-led reviews and insight into the overall quality of CBD products.

Top-Rated CBD Products For Sleep Support

Number Product Total CBD Potency Cost per mg CBD Link

1

Royal CBD Gummies

300 – 750 mg

10 – 25 mg per Gummy

$0.18

2

Snooze. By Headery

900 mg

30 mg/mL

$0.08

3

Kat’s Naturals Relax THC-Free Sublingual CBD Oil

50 mg – 300 mg

10 mg/mL

$0.20 – $0.36

4

Brothers Apothecary CBD Sleep Aid Capsules

168 – 672 mg

8 mg per Capsule

$0.07 – $0.09

5

cbdMD CBD Bath Bombs

100 mg

100 mg per Bath Bomb

$0.09

6

Social CBD Vape Pens

250 mg

500 mg/mL

$0.16

7

Nanocraft CBD Oil Drops

300 – 3000 mg

10 – 100 mg/mL

$0.06 – $0.19

8

Medterra CBD + Melatonin Dissolvable Sleep Tablets

750 mg

25 mg/tablet

$0.07

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