How does Marijuana disrupt your sleep?


Marijuana contains THC, which can disrupt the architecture of sleep and block REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Many people using THC find it difficult to remember their dreams, and when they stop using THC, they experience more vivid dreams due to REM rebound. This effect is described by , who notes that THC speeds up the time it takes to fall asleep, but the resulting sleep is not the deep, restorative type necessary for health. Furthermore, regular use can also lead to withdrawal dependency, tolerance (requiring more to get the same effect), and rebound insomnia upon cessation of use. Additionally, acknowledges that some people find THC helps with sleep onset and with anxiety that interferes with sleep, but there are other supplements that can enhance sleep without disrupting its architecture 1 2 3.

Marijuana and Sleep

Matt explains that THC in marijuana can speed up the onset of non-consciousness, but it disrupts the architecture of sleep and blocks REM sleep. People using THC may not remember their dreams, but when they stop using it, they experience a rebound mechanism, leading to intense dreams.

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