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Why You Shouldn't Drink Before Bed

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Whilst you may fall asleep quicker after a glass of red, alcohol wreaks havoc with your sleep cycle – particularly if you’re someone who suffers from insomnia. Here’s why you should avoid drinking if you’re hoping for a restful night…

You’ll have a restless night’s sleep

Drinking alcohol disrupts your natural sleep cycle. You may find you fall asleep quicker, but you won’t be in a state of deep sleep; instead, you’ll go into a Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage of sleep, the lightest stage of sleep and the stage during which we dream. This can leave you feeling tired the next day and make it much harder to wake up in the morning.

You’ll be tired and irritable the next day

The deepest and most restorative stage of sleep is ‘slow-wave’ or ‘delta’. When you drink alcohol, this stage of sleep is interrupted, affecting the quality of your sleep. You may have disturbing dreams, or perhaps wake up in the middle of the night.  A disrupted night’s sleep can leave you feeling drowsy and short-tempered the next day, as well as causing headaches, increasing appetite and having an effect on your productivity.

It can have an effect on your mental health

Sleep deprivation can have a lasting effect on your mental state, often causing unnecessary stress and upset, particularly if you’re feeling stressed or anxious already. It can be difficult to think clearly if your mind and body isn’t fully rested – after all, sleeping is a restorative act that works to keep us healthy and active. What’s more, alcohol itself is actually a depressant, so if you’re someone who suffers from anxiety or depression, it can actually make your mood worse in the long run.

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You’ll wake up in the middle of the night

When you drink more than usual, you’ll most likely wake up and need the toilet. This applies to any liquids, but alcohol is a diuretic, which means it depleted the body of extra fluid, thus making you dehydrated, meaning you’ll wake up wanting a glass of water, and then need the toilet again. It’s a vicious cycle.

It can make you snore

Drinking relaxes the muscles in your body, which means the tissue in your throat, mouth and nose can stop air flowing smoothly, causing snoring, which can disrupt you and your partner.

It can make insomnia worse

A recent study suggests one in four people use alcohol to help them fall asleep. As already noted, alcohol can help you drift off quicker than usual, but it will disrupt your sleep pattern. If you’re an insomniac, the chances of you waking up in the night are far higher, and you’ll feel groggy and drowsy in the morning because your brain hasn’t been fully rested. Not only this, the more you drink to self-medicate, the higher your tolerance becomes, which can have a damaging effect on your liver.

So if you suffer from insomnia, see a sleep specialist for some expert advice rather than turning to a nightcap. To help you drift off naturally, avoid caffeine and too much alcohol; try not to look at your phone – the blue light mimics sunlight so your brain will be tricked into thinking it’s daytime; and transform your bedroom into a relaxing space. Here are some more helpful tips to ensure you get a good night’s sleep…

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