Thursday, January 24, 2013

A drink before bed wouldn’t help you sleep

For years I have heard folks tell me that a quick drink before bed helps you sleep, especially if it is wine.  An article in the Dailymail suggested that red wine had melatonin in it which is a natural sleep aid. A shot of whisky can also be beneficial before bed as well, in fact I had an uncle that drink a shot every night before he went to bed and he lived a long life. Supposedly the whiskey helped with his circulation. I don’t know if that is true or not.  However a new study suggests that any drinking before sleeping or nightcap doesn’t help you falls asleep in fact it probably does the opposite.

According to Webmd.comA new review of 27 studies shows that alcohol does not improve sleep quality. According to the findings, alcohol does allow healthy people to fall asleep quicker and sleep more deeply for a while, but it reduces (REM) sleep.”

The article goes on to say that the more you drink the worse your sleeping will be, of course that certainly makes sense to anyone that has gone overboard with their drinking and then tried to go to bed.

Some folks may dispute this and say that they do indeed fall asleep faster after having a few drinks but the real problem is that it affects the quality of sleep which in turn will make you more tired the next day. so booze is definitely not a good sleep aid.

If you have sleep apnea then you certainly know that alcohol is a terrible idea at bedtime. Your apnea will be considerably worse at night and the next day you will be walking around like a zombie. Sleeping pills are also to be avoided if you sleep apnea as well.


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  1. I stopped drinking pretty much all together when I found out I had sleep apnea. Just the fear of passing out and the fact that I stop breathing just did not settle well in my mind!

  2. Hi Pam
    I know that is one of the reasons I don't drink either! thanks for the comment