Alcohol & Sleep

May 5th, 2016

Many people are under the idea that having a glass of their favorite alcoholic beverage before bed will help them fall asleep faster, also known as a night cap. However, is this actually true? Let’s dive into some of the common myths about alcohol and sleep:

Does alcohol help me or hurt my sleep?

True, alcohol may actually help you fall asleep faster, but it is also true that it interferes with your natural sleep cycle. During the initial induction of sleep high doses of alcohol will help you fall asleep faster, whoever, as your sleep progression continues, you will experience lighter sleeping, and may increase sleeping disorders, like sleep apnea.

Can I get a good night’s sleep while continuing to drink?

The only way to get the best possible night’s sleep is to avoid drinking alcohol. Your goal should be to get your blood alcohol level as close to zero as possible before you go to sleep. While everyone’s body deals with alcohol differently, we should ovoid drinking two to three hours prior to going to bed. This will allow our bodies to metabolize the alcohol, and get a better night’s sleep.

No matter if you continue to believe in your night cap, or you never drink before bed, these simple tips may help you to increase quality of sleep, along with help you in other ways as well. In either case, a comfortable custom mattress can help increase your sleep quality, whether you drink or not!