Marijuana may cause sleep problems
The use of marijuana has been linked to a higher risk of sleep problems by new research from the University of Pennsylvania.
Marijuana use is very prevalent, with some reports suggesting that over half of U.S. adults have used it at some point in their life. Now that more and more states are decriminalizing the drug, scientists say it’s more important to study its impact.
For the study, researchers analyzed data from the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They looked at 1,811 adults aged 20-59 who had reported using cannabis. They collected sleep pattern information, what age the person first tried the drug and the number of times they had used it in the past month.
They found that both current and past marijuana users are significantly more likely to experience sleep problems than non-users. The research found a link between first time marijuana use in adolescence and higher risk for insomnia, but this research did not find a causal relationship between pot smoking and insomnia.