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Getting to the Bottom of Alcohol and Sleep

Alcohol is often thought of as something that can help aid sleep because of its sedative effects. You might, however, find yourself sleeping poorly and waking up far from well-rested if you often drink in the evenings. Villa Tranquil is here to help you get to the bottom of how alcohol and sleep are intertwined, as well as help you get and stay sober. Continue reading to learn more.

Doesn’t Alcohol Help Sleep?

Because of its sedative effects, you might be under the impression that alcohol can help you sleep. While it may help you fall asleep, alcohol actually wreaks havoc on your quality and quantity of sleep, leaving you wide-awake in the middle of the night and feeling poorly the next morning. Just like you know not to have a cup of coffee in the evening, you should add alcohol to your list of things to avoid at night.

If you are used to drinking a glass or two of wine with dinner, you might find that your quality of sleep is being impacted. While you’re asleep, your body is getting the chance to rest. But, if your body is working hard to get rid of the alcohol you consumed, it really isn’t resting. Your liver is hard at work filtering out the poisons from your body. Furthermore, alcohol impacts your body’s natural rhythm, leaving you to produce less of the hormone that helps you sleep, melatonin. You also spend less time in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep when you had a drink or two before bed. REM sleep is when you tend to dream, which helps many areas of your health. If you don’t spend enough time in REM sleep, this is when you tend to have trouble focusing because you are exhausted.

Along with the quality of your sleep, the quantity is also impacted. Alcohol can help put you to sleep, but you may often find yourself wide-awake in the early morning. This is because your body enters a lighter sleep in the second half of the night, leaving you susceptible to being woken up. This could leave you awake for hours when you should be getting vital rest.

Lastly, if you are drinking alcohol more often than not in the evenings, your body has become dependent on alcohol to help put you to sleep. Thus, on the nights you don’t have that glass of wine, you’ll find yourself having trouble falling asleep. This is because the alcohol you are used to has disrupted your sleeping patterns, so you’re left craving that alcohol to help put you to sleep.


Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help you cut out alcohol from your life. We can help you break the habit. Call us today at 214-799-3080. We can’t wait to speak with you and get you started in one of our programs today!