Alcohol and Insomnia
Today I’ve been researching the effects of alcohol and insomnia. A lot of people think that a little bit before bed will help them to sleep better. I used to think that as well. I would have a few just before bedtime, and in fact it DID put me right to sleep, for about an hour or maybe two, and then I couldn’t sleep or would sleep on and off for the rest of the night. What I have learned has proven that to be true, it may help for a very temporary period of time, but in fact it inhibits us from staying asleep.
A few of those nightcaps can cause us to wake all throughout the night, and leads to sluggishness and a feeling of disorientation and a loss of concentration the next day. . That kind of broken sleep can be bad for our health. So the bottom line is that as opposed to what a lot of people think, the fact is that alcohol and insomnia are NOT good bedfellows. It also can cause dehydration which can be a major cause of leg cramps, and again an unhealthy condition.
Why does Alcohol cause broken sleep?
Alcohol is big part of keeping people out of a deep refreshing sleep cycle. That just complicates things the next day. Let’s explore a bit more deeply how Alcohol and insomnia work. First off, as I experienced, it does make the body fall asleep quickly. But that is only part of the story. It dehydrates your body as well. The result of that is that the body wakes up because it needs water to recover from the dehydration. That keeps the body from getting an opportunity to fall into the REM sleep cycle. (That’s the deep sleep that we all crave for.) Also as I mentioned before it can cause you to wake up in the wee hours of the morning with severe leg and foot cramps.
If you MUST have some alcohol then do it much earlier in the evening and only in moderation.
Find out the Cause of your insomnia.
As I have mentioned in some of the other articles in my insomniasleepaid.com blog, there are other more effective ways for you to cope with insomnia. Enjoy a glass of wine or two with your dinner. Or have a beer in the evening. Just give yourself at least three hours before you go to bed.
It’s important to figure out what is causing the insomnia in the first place. Is it anxiety? Is it certain medications you’re taking? Is it too much alcohol?
If natural remedies don’t work, then by all means talk to your doctor. They can evaluate other factors….. and help you determine what is right for you, but many of my readers and others I know have done fine with natural remedies.
Remember that drinking is a VERY short term solution and will only make your insomnia worse, or perhaps it IS the cause of your insomnia.
Try natural remedies, such as Melatrol which contains Melatonin and other natural ingredients. It has been shown to help many thousands of people regain their normal sleep cycle. Many people find great results with self hypnosis CDs or playing them on an MP3 player. Click on the image below to learn more.
Whatever your problem, remember that having a nightcap is NOT the answer.