Do you drink before bedtime?

Does anything give you quite the lift that waking up after a night of good, refreshing sleep does? Unfortunately, there are far too many people who just don’t have that experience, who wake up after a night of tossing and turning, or lying awake for protracted periods, and who grumble at having to get up because they simply didn’t get a good night’s sleep.
Many of these people have only themselves to blame, even though they don’t realize it.
You see, in order to help themselves get to sleep quickly and easily, they take a drink before bedtime, which indeed lulls them into falling asleep more readily than they likely would unaided. But what they don’t realize is that, in so doing, they are “shooting themselves in the foot,” so to speak.
The point was brought home in a study published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, the journal of the Research Society on Alcoholism and the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism. The corresponding author for the study was Christian L. Nicholas, Ph.D., of the University of Melbourne. Dr. Nicholas did not dispute the fact that alcohol is helpful in the short term, effectively aiding people to get to sleep quickly. But what the study showed, he said, is that alcohol is actually more harmful than helpful when the quality of sleep over the duration of a whole night is measured.
The study, which used EEG machines rather than relying on visual observation or subjects’ reports, involved 24 individuals, 12 of each gender, all between the ages of 18 and 21. All 24 were social drinkers, who had imbibed no more than seven standard drinks in a week during the 30 days prior to the study. For the study, they consumed either a drink or a placebo before going to bed.
Through monitoring by the EEG machines, the study’s authors demonstrated that those participants who consumed alcohol before going to sleep had sleep disruptions during the night not experienced by the participants who were given placebos.
According to Dr. Nicholas, the results of the study made it clear that while having a drink before turning in can indeed help you get to sleep faster, the quality of your sleep through the night will be noticeably diminished as a result.
Of course, a bad night’s sleep, unfortunate as it is, is almost the least of the negative outcomes that can occur from relying on alcohol. Do you or someone you love have issues with alcohol dependency or alcohol abuse? We can help! Please go to or call 855-9SATORI. Let us help you with your alcohol-related issues.