People can resort to many different methods to attain sleep, alcohol being one of them. Alcohol can act as a sedative, helping many to fall asleep. The problem is that using alcohol to achieve sleep actually does more harm than good, especially when used as a long term sleep aid. Alcohol can have many effects of sleep and on your health, causing both sleeping disorders and sleep disruptions, especially if consumed within three hours of bed time.

Major Effects Of Alcohol On Sleep

  • Sleep Disorders One of the most common disorders that can occur as a result to using alcohol before bed is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be destructive especially over a long period of time. Alcohol dilates blood vessels and air passages, making it more difficult to breathe. Since your airway becomes restricted, your heart has to work harder to get the oxygen that it needs.
  • Sleep Disturbances Drinking alcohol even an hour before bed can cause an increase in deep sleep, but a decrease in REM sleep. Your body is forced into a state of REM rebound. This occurs when your body begins adjusting to the alcohol in your bloodstream. Once your body hits it's second sleep cycle, it has metabolized the alcohol that was in your system and is working to get your metabolism back to it's normal levels. As your body is working to return to normal levels, it will over compensate and result in sleep disturbance. Your brain signals never fully rest, which is why you will wake up feeling foggy and sluggish.

While it is a apparent that alcohol has a negative impact in sleep and health, there are many other things that you should also avoid. Caffeine, dairy and smoking before bedtime are also things that can effect the quality of your sleep. Switching to a memory foam mattress will help to improve your body's circulation and alleviate pressure points. However, you may not be able to enjoy your memory foam mattress if you are not practicing healthy sleeping habits.