I am an insomniac and have been taking prescription drugs, (a variety of benzodiazepines) via my doctor, to help me sleep . I have swallowed a pill every night for the last 25 years. I fall asleep easily enough but wake up several times during the night - disturbed sleep - even with the meds. Am not affected during the day with sleepiness - I seem to thrive during the day.
I assume I am addicted to benzodiazepines, but a couple of years ago I reduced the amount gradually over a few weeks and stopped taking them completely without any withdrawal symptoms. But was soon back on them again as my sleep was still compromised.
I decided to see if Ashwagandha works - and it does. I took a 400mg capsule around 6.30 pm with my evening meal, went to bed at midnight as usual, and woke at 7.10 am the following morning! I had slept right through the night totally undisturbed and woke up feeling ‘happy’. For the last 3 days I have slept right through the night. Unheard of…!!! And it isn’t the placebo effect.
Therefor I am going to come off benzodiazepine again and supplement with Ashwagandha - in consultation with my doctor.
Does anyone have experience of such matters, and can CBD help with sleep? I have read that it can.