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When it comes to sleep, it looks like alcohol has an effect opposite the one many think it has.
It turns out that not only is a nightcap a bad way to send you off to bed, your drinking habits overall could be affecting the way you sleep.
Yes, alcohol can keep you awake all night and cause sleeping problems, contrary to what you might think.
In a questionnaire-based study published in 2015, researchers scored participants on an alcohol use disorder test and a sleep quality test. They found that for men, those who drank more tended to sleep worse–including poorer sleep quality, shorter duration, and more disturbances.
Women who drank more didn’t tend to have less quality sleep, but they did have more daytime dysfunction.
This is important because scientists are finding more and more physical and mental health effects of lack of sleep.
In the 2020 year, dozens of papers and studies have described the cost of diminishing your nightly recharge session. For example:
And more recently, we saw studies on:
I could go on and on.
If you’re not sleeping well, try cutting out or cutting back on the alcohol. It’s so important: Get some sleep!
Satu Woodland is owner and clinician of Mental Health Solutions, an integrative mental health practice located at Bown Crossing in Boise, Idaho. She sees children, adolescents, and adults.