Insomnia Specialist

Florida Compassionate Care Centers

Internal Medicine & Medical Marijuana Specialists located in Volusia County, Ormond Beach, FL

If you’re not getting a good night’s sleep, you’re putting yourself at risk for accidents and a range of serious health conditions, including heart attack and stroke. Gail van Diepen, DO, and her team at Florida Compassionate Care Centers in Ormond Beach, Florida, recommend medical marijuana to alleviate insomnia and help you sleep again. If you’re among the 30% of American women and men who suffer from insomnia, contact Florida Compassionate Care Centers by phone or using the online booking form.

Insomnia Q & A

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a condition in which you regularly have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep for a full, restful seven hours. According to the Sleep Health Foundation, about 1 in 3 people have some degree of insomnia. Symptoms of insomnia include:

  • Taking a long time to fall asleep
  • Waking up often during the night
  • Waking up too early
  • Waking up unrefreshed
  • Feeling groggy during the day

About 90% of people with insomnia have another health condition, such as sleep apnea or hormonal fluctuations (e.g., perimenopause, menopause, or andropause).

Why do I have insomnia?

Insomnia is sometimes the result of a condition such as sleep apnea, in which you can’t breathe while you sleep, so you wake up dozens to even hundreds of times a night. You might also develop insomnia if you:

  • Are a shift worker
  • Work nights at home
  • Don’t keep a regular schedule
  • Are depressed or anxious
  • Eat or drink late at night

Having any kind of health condition that causes pain or restlessness, such as arthritis or Parkinson’s disease, also raises your risk for insomnia.

How does marijuana address insomnia?

Your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) helps to regulate inflammation, pain, brain function, mood, and sleep. If you have insomnia, your ECS isn’t working optimally. 

The cannabinoids in medical marijuana bind with the receptors in your ECS. Many of the compounds in medical marijuana have positive effects on relaxation and sleep, including:

Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD promotes relaxation. It can also make you feel more alert during the day.

Cannabinol (CBN)

CBN is a powerful sedative, particularly when combined with THC. It also alleviates pain.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) 

THC may improve breathing during sleep, including for those with sleep apnea. It also provides pain relief and helps you fall asleep more quickly.

The Florida Compassionate Care Centers team determines the correct type and dose of medical marijuana for your insomnia after conducting a physical exam and taking a medical history. 

They may also recommend improving your sleep hygiene by setting a regular bedtime and rise time, and avoiding work, food, alcohol, or working out several hours before bedtime. 

To get help with your insomnia through lifestyle adjustments and medical marijuana, contact the knowledgeable team at Florida Compassionate Care Centers today by phone or using the online booking form.