Beyonce's Sleep Disorder Explained

In a recent interview with Harper's Bazaar, singer and actress Beyoncé, 40, opened up about some of the struggles she has faced in her life. The "Drunk in Love" singer admitted that she has struggled with insomnia from being on the road for more than half of her adult life.

According to the Sleep Foundation, insomnia is defined as the condition where it is either difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. Some studies indicate that insomnia affects 10 to 30% of the population, while other research suggests that as many as 50% of adults deal with the issue. Because insomnia can disrupt a good night's sleep, it can leave you feeling tired and moody throughout the day. Furthermore, it can ultimately affect your health and quality of life if it is not addressed (via Mayo Clinic). Acute insomnia may only last for a few weeks, while chronic insomnia can last years, as it did with Beyoncé.

How to treat insomnia

There are several ways to treat insomnia. Sleep aids can help, but the problem with them is that they can become habit-forming, as Dr. Nancy Foldvary-Schaefer told the Cleveland Clinic. Consequently, sleep aids should only be used for a short time. Another option for coping with insomnia is CBD, which is how Beyoncé said she dealt with her symptoms (per Harper's Bazaar). The singer said she discovered it on her last tour and used it for soreness and inflammation, adding that it "helped with my restless nights and the agitation that comes from not being able to fall asleep." Evidence seems to back this up. A small study from 2019 showed that 66% of the participants experienced improved sleep after taking CBD, and a 2018 research review suggested that CBD could help relieve chronic pain, resulting in better sleep (via Healthline).

Natural ways to treat insomnia include relaxation and yoga, which both reduce stress (per Very Well Health). You should also limit your intake of caffeine, alcohol, and sugar, especially close to bedtime. In addition, adding L-tryptophan and magnesium-rich foods to your diet can help you fall asleep.