Up to 70 million Americans have trouble sleeping at night. There are a slew of reasons why—stress, work, and technology to name a few. In light of April being Alcohol Awareness Month, today we’re looking at alcohol and how it affects your sleeping habits.
A 2009 poll of 2,000 people found that 58 percent of them didn’t realize that sleep problems could be caused by drinking too much. Not only does excessive drinking cause you to need more trips to the bathroom at night, it also disrupts your REM sleep stage. The lack of an adequate REM stage (or any of the 4 stages of sleep) means you’ll wake up without feeling truly rested.
It’s not just excessive drinking that can cause problems. You, or someone you know, have probably had a glass of beer or wine before bed to help induce sleepiness. Doctors actually used to recommend a “night cap” to help patients fall asleep. However, even a small amount of alcohol before going to bed can affect sleep stages, therefore reducing the quality of your sleep.
Board-certified sleep specialist Russell Rosenberg, PH.D, gives the following tips for sleeping well, without using alcohol as an aid:
We’d also add using a sleep monitor to this list. SleepTracker will help wake you up at the optimum time, so you feel rested, alert, and ready to take on the day.