If you’ve ever drunk alcohol, you’ll be only too aware of the fact that it can make you very drowsy. You might think, therefore, that a glass of wine or a beer before bed will help you sleep. However, how true is this? In this article, we take a look at the facts on how alcohol affects the quantity and quality of your sleep.
It’s that time of year again. You know the one, where you start off the new year with all the best intentions and hopes for the coming 12 months, and by the time you get to mid-January, they’re completely forgotten about!
Good quality sleep is something that we take for granted, however, during the holidays it can be hard to come by. What with all the activities and festivities surrounding the holidays:
- shopping for presents
- baking cookies
- writing out christmas cards
- attending parties
- suffering from jet lag from travel
- eating and drinking too many sugary treats
- drinking alcohol
- sleeping in unfamiliar locations when you’re visiting family
- eating huge heavy calorie-laden foods before bed
- working more hours if you’re in retail
- and many later than normal bedtimes
It’s no wonder that your internal clock can become messed up.
Excessive alcohol use can wreak havoc on your sleeping patterns for a number of reasons. While some people may believe that alcohol aids in being able to sleep, it actually creates the opposite effect and can seriously disturb your sleeping patterns.
It’s the first Friday night of the summer, which after a long work week means the first night of freedom. While some of you may party into the wee hours of Saturday morning, others will go out for dinner and a nightcap with friends. In both scenarios, alcohol is the common factor. While a drink or two (when someone else is driving) on Friday night isn’t a problem, you should make sure you’re not drinking too close to the time you hit your pillow. According to WebMD, over 15% of people use alcohol as a sleeping pill replacement before bed. It’s a common misconception that having a nightcap will aid in the sleeping efforts and while at first it can make you feel drowsy, there are some reasons why it’s important to skip the booze for a better snooze.