Sleep Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sleep.

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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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians

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