Chin chin! Why drinking too much can stop you getting a good sleep
It's a common myth among us Brits that having a few drinks is ideal if you want to head off to sleep.
We've all got memories of old Uncle Bob snoring in his chair on Christmas Day after a few too many festive brandies, or have that one friend who always falls asleep in the taxi after just a couple of pints.
But while alcohol can knock us out straight away, it ruins our sleeping patterns in the long run. In this post, we'll take a look at why avoiding alcohol before bed might give your sleep a much-needed boost.
It interrupts sleep
When we drink alcohol before bed, we fall into a deep sleep straight away. But because we have that at the start of the night rather than in the middle, we end up having less restful sleep later in the night.
This is why we often still feel tired after a very long post-drink sleep. You can sleep for as long as you want on a hangover day, but if the quality of sleep you're getting is low, you're likely to still feel wrecked.
Alcohol is likely to interrupt your sleep in other ways, too. It dehydrates you, meaning you're more likely to get up for a glass of water, and it also means you'll need to go for more toilet breaks than usual!
Guidelines suggest that it takes the average person an hour for their body to process each unit of alcohol they consume. If you've had a standard glass of wine, for example, it may be worth stopping two or more hours before bed.
However, this isn't set in stone. If you're having trouble sleeping when you've had alcohol, it's worth leaving a bit more time in between drinking and bedtime so that you can find out how long it takes for you.
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