How does alcohol interfere with a good night’s sleep?

Though you might fall asleep faster if you have been drinking alcohol, having a drink does not give you a better night’s sleep.

Alcohol negatively affects your sleep cycles by creating an imbalance during your Rapid Eye Movement (REM) phases, making you sleep more lightly, according to Washington State University’s Alcohol & Drug Counseling, Assessment & Prevention Services (ADCAPS).

Having alcohol in your system disturbs your later sleep stages during the night, according to ADCAPS. These stages should be deeper and restorative to your body and mind. Without those stages, you can be left groggy and unrested in the morning.

To learn more about how drinking alcohol can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep, talk with your physician

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