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How Alcohol Affects Sleep

How Alcohol Affects Sleep

‘Tis the season for merriment! And for some of us, that involves drinking our favorite alcoholic beverages. There’s nothing wrong with a drink or two. It’s the holidays and it’s time to celebrate! But don’t be surprised if your sleep schedule seems off after the alcohol. So why is it that after a night of celebration you feel groggy and sluggish? I fell asleep quickly, but I don’t feel rested? Don’t let the alcohol fool you! You just rang in the New Year with some champagne, and as soon as you lie your head on your pillow, it’s lights out. Just because you didn’t have to fight to fall asleep doesn’t mean your sleep will be what it should. Drinking alcohol blocks REM sleep, which is the most restorative stage of sleep. So even if you clocked eight hours, that doesn’t mean your sleep was doing it’s job. Also, as alcohol is metabolized, you tend to go from deeper to[…]

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