Insomnia and alcohol consumption go to together like insomnia and coffee. Many people have the mistaken idea that drinking a glass of wine or other type of alcohol before bedtime will help them sleep.
For some people, alcohol acts as a stimulant which will make it even more difficult to fall asleep.
However for many, alcohol does often result in a feeling of drowsiness. What's wrong with that you wonder if it helps you to fall asleep. One is that the affect is temporary and interferes with deep quality sleep. The other concern is that drinking alcohol every night to help you fall asleep may become routine and a regular habit. You may become dependent on it and develop the mind set that you can't fall asleep without a drink or drinks.
Eventually it may take more alcohol to get the same feeling of drowsiness, and then you are on a slippery slope.
The truth is that not only does alcohol not help you stay asleep, alcohol actually interferes with the quality of one's sleep. According to Dr. Michael Breuse, the WebMD sleep expert, "as the (alcohol) withdrawal hits in the last half of the night, the result is shallow, disrupted sleep, increased REM sleep, increased dream or nightmare recall and sympathetic arousal, including tachycardia and sweating."
Alcohol can also disrupt your sleep because of the need to get up and go to the bathroom or of a resulting headache.
Dr. Gregg Jacobs, the author of Say Good Night to Insomnia , concurs and writes, alcohol " can make sleep lighter and more fragmented, for it suppresses deep sleep."
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