Buzzzz? Pot smoking impacts sleep, study finds


Cannabis users more likely to sleep a lot, or not enough, compared to non-users

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Your buzz might impact your sleep, according to a new study.

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Researchers at Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University found that cannabis users were 56% more likely than non-users to sleep nine or more hours, and 34% more likely than non-partakers to sleep six hours or less.

The study of 2005-2018 data of nearly 22,000 American adults, ages 20-59, who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, identified more than 3,100 respondents (14.4%) who reported using cannabis in the previous 30 days. Cannabis users were 56% more likely than non-cannabis users to sleep nine or more hours and 34% more likely to sleep six hours or less.

Researchers identified heavy cannabis users as people who smoked on 20 or more of the previous 30 days. That group was 76% more likely than the non-users to experience longer periods of sleep and 64% more likely to get shorter sleeps.

The study was published in the journal Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine.

It also found that cannabis users were 31% more likely to report difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or sleeping too much.

Moderate cannabis users, as defined as using fewer than 20 times over the past 30 days, were 47% more likely than non-users to sleep nine or more hours. Pot smokers were 29% more likely to have discussed a sleeping problem with a physician.


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