What do you think, can drinking help you to sleep tight? Here’s everything you need to know about it!
So what do you think? Can drinking help us get a good night sleep after a busy day? We all know that getting enough sleep is important. And anything we can do to ensure we get more sleep time is probably a good thing. But, having a “nightcap” before hitting the hay isn’t actually a good idea.
Some people think that alcohol is a sleep aid, but that’s not true. Alcohol can reduce how long it takes to fall asleep, but research shows that alcohol actually leads to lower quality, less rejuvenating sleep overall.
The first few hours of sleep may be good quality, but then alcohol seems to produce more disrupted sleep, reducing the amount of deep, restorative sleep. Some evidence suggests that alcohol can also reduce the amount of time spent in the REM stage, the stage where the dreams occur. This stage is considered important for learning and other aspects of our mental health.
Alcohol can also worsen problems with breathing in people with sleep apnea. Scientists studying alcohol’s effects on sleep generally say that having an occasional alcoholic drink before bed is unlikely to be a problem. And that’s as long as it doesn’t interact with bedtime medications or pose other medical risks. However, as a nightly habit, this is an unhealthy way to prepare for sleep.
What to do to have a good night sleep?
Making time to take a walk or get other moderate physical activity often seems to lead to better sleep. But you’ll have to do this at a time other than a couple of hours just before bedtime. If you routinely have trouble falling asleep, talk to your healthcare provider about healthier ways to deal with this problem.