It’s a busy time of year, with work for most of us getting back into the swing of things! It’s very tempting to finish the day with a little night cap before bed. Alcohol can certainly make you sleepy, however, it’s important to remember that the quality of alcohol-induced sleep isn’t fantastic.
Although alcohol can reduce the amount of time it takes for you to fall asleep, it in fact initially acts as a stimulant, inundating the brain with endorphins. Once this stage wears off, alcohol begins to act as a sedative, causing you to feel drowsy and increasing the amount of deep sleep during the first half of the night.
The second half of the night is where disturbances in your sleep begin. These include:
- Increased need to go to the bathroom
To help ensure you get a good nights rest, we would recommend to keep drinks right before bed to a minimum and ensure you hydrate while drinking.