Raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest; I’m a sleep deprived Mom in Portland, Oregon who wears yoga pants and hopes to one day sleep through the night again. I love all things coffee (because I need the caffeine), my friends (because life can be hard), a good laugh (apparently my laugh is fairly recognizable), and my family (they’re my rock).
I created Little Love Bug Co after leaving my corporate sales job in 2017 to stay at home and raise my two daughters. My children’s moccasin shoe brand grew from a business run from my kitchen table into a curated community of mothers. I found fellowship and connection, and most importantly I found that many moms struggle with the same things I do: Depression, anxiety, mom-guilt and of course, sleeplessness.
Learning that I wasn’t alone changed everything.
I’m a real mom that faces real issues. My first desk was my kitchen table. I multitask and parent while running an ecommerce business. But beyond the normal stresses of everyday life – I was diagnosed with postpartum insomnia. I was exhausted, but I literally couldn’t sleep. My options were very limited and I didn’t want to take a doctor prescribed medication that would have me zonked out like a zombie at night. I needed something that would help me sleep, but still allow me to be alert in order to take care of my daughters if need be.
I was frustrated with my doctor’s recommendations as I especially wanted to steer clear of anything with addictive properties that would set me on a road of constant prescription medication just to sleep. That’s what led me to hemp.
Trying CBN for sleep
One of my good friends led me to try CBN as a holistic and natural solution for my lack of sleep. I had found that running a business during the day also meant my mind wanted to continue business well into late hours of the night. I was often restless with thoughts when my eyes were closed and my head was on the pillow: New shoe designs. The girl’s playdate schedule. “Did I ever answer that email?” Falling asleep was becoming as hard and persistent as starting a new business from home (ha-ha).
That’s how I found Right Wellness CBN. For me, it was different from other hemp products I had previously tried because it actually helped me fall and stay asleep.
I started with the recommended dose of 20mg from the middle-of-the-road 600mg bottle. Taken about an hour before I was ready to (try to) sleep. The effects took on slowly, but in a very gentle and comforting way. It wasn’t anything too crazy or notable as I expected. I did still experience the racing nightly thoughts, but they were cut shorter that first night, as I was able to fall asleep in about 20-30 minutes after closing my eyes. That’s record time for me, so I’ll take it.
Establishing a sleep routine
Getting better sleep may have been my primary intention, but I had been told CBN could be used for other purposes, such as relief from anxiety or a therapeutic pain management tool. Sign me up! I took a lighter dose of 10mg in the early afternoon, this time halving what I had taken for sleep. I knew I could take the hemp extract multiple times a day, so I wanted to give my afternoon schedule a go with CBN by my side.
To my surprise, I found myself feeling a bit more creative. Writing copy for my website felt more like a flow of words to my fingertips, rather than a fight for phrases. I think this could’ve stemmed from that whole anxiety-management aspect it gave. It slowed my racing mind just enough, and brought an overall calm to my body that took out a level of otherwise tenseness I often feel in my body. Mommying is hard, so it was nice to feel ready to check things off my list without that tightness in my chest or anxious feeling that I was carrying the world on my shoulders.
That night I took the hemp extract again an hour before I wanted to turn my phone off, I was hoping to slowly unwind into sleep. I decided to try a little bit of a higher dose the next night, following Right Wellness’ “low and slow” recommended approach. The 30mg I took the second night seemed to do the trick. The descending feeling came on but this time more how I expected it to. I think I had found the right amount for me. I only woke up once that night and it was from my youngest needing to use the potty, but I did not feel the usual middle-of-the-night groggy feeling I experienced with other sleep aids and prescriptions. I was able to fall back asleep quickly as well.
Turning CBN into a routine
I continued this same routine throughout the seven days I intended to test this newly discovered product. My easy going ‘flow’ of an afternoon was easily transitioned into a wind down hour with just a second dropper full. I didn’t even register my usual feelings of worry because my mind felt more clear. I was able to find thoughts and words the way I needed them, and best of all, find sleep!
I now recommend using a CBN tincture to all of my mom friends in my community who are looking for a natural way to establish a sound sleep routine. There may not be a cure-all, but I was able to find something I had been lacking: Balance. Yes, some days are still full of little-kid (and sometimes even adult) tears. It’s not all gonna be perfect, but that little extra help to sleep makes a world of difference. It keeps you from going too far into that “oh-my-gosh-I’m-a-terrible-mom” endless loop of thoughts. A little extra rest and a little more ease of daily tasks makes the world of difference to a working mom.
Learn more about Leslie and shop her collection of children’s speciality crafter footwear on her website Little Love Bug Co. and try CBN for yourself by shopping the Right Wellness CBN tincture.
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