What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder. People with Insomnia find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep, or they wake up too early. Some people experience all three of these. Insomnia may be short-term, possibly during times of stress, but chronic Insomnia refers to disturbed sleep patterns lasting for at least 3 months causing impairment during the day. There are many causes, such as stress, shift work, pain, lifestyle and health issues, and often several factors may be involved. Long-term Insomnia can also trigger or worsen other health issues.

How is it commonly treated?

The form of treatment depends on what is causing the Insomnia. Treatment can include stress management, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, pain and general health management or sleep studies to check for other sleep issues.

Factsheet: Medical Cannabis and Insomnia

Insomnia factsheet

Insomnia and Medical Cannabis


Whilst medical cannabis users report a significant improvement in Insomnia, few studies have examined the safety and effectiveness of cannabinoids in treating Insomnia and there is insufficient evidence to support cannabinoid therapies as a treatment for any sleep disorder. There is promising evidence supporting future trials of cannabinoid therapies for various sleep disorders including sleep apnoea, insomnia, PTSD-related nightmares, restless legs syndrome and narcolepsy.

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