Medical Cannabis and Insomnia

Michelle Weiner, DO, MPH

Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or a combination. More than one third of the population suffers from this condition. Some sleep disturbances classified as Secondary insomnia are related to underlying health issues such as pain, anxiety, depression, asthma, Gerd as well as side effects from medications. Insomnia affects people of all ages, women more than men. Lack of sleep leads to a decrease in productivity, missed days of work and an increase in susceptibility to and exacerbation of other health related ailments. 

When treating insomnia, one should attempt to identify any behaviors that may be causing poor sleep such as using caffeine, alcohol, tobacco or exercising within a short period of bedtime. Naps should be avoided; a routine should be established before bed that includes setting the tone for

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