Alcohol and sleep
Today’s post comes from Lisbon (Portugal), where I am at the web summit and my topic is alcohol & sleep, because guess what, we had the night summit last night and we did sleep a lot, yet I still feel pretty rough. There are a couple of reasons why that is and here are the general effects of alcohol on your sleep:
1) When you're drinking alcohol, your brainwaves are slowing down, which is connected to something called DELTA WAVES and that's helping you to calm down and it can help you fall asleep. That is why a lot of people like to have an evening drink before going to bed. However, it is also giving you ALPHA WAVES, which is something that you usually don't have in your sleep and that triggers you to wake up more frequently in the middle of the night. It also messes with your sleep hormone adenosine, which leads you to wake up during the night much faster than if you didn't have any alcohol.
2) Alcohol also messes with your REM sleep, which is basically when you are dreaming. A big part of regeneration is missing from your sleep and it leaves you just a lot more exhausted, brain foggy, with focus issues and so forth.
I would not recommend having alcohol as a sleep aid. However, if and when you do go out and have a drink (which we all do), here are a couple of things you can watch out for:
1) I would always suggest red wine rather than white wine. White wine tends to have more of a reaction on our cardiology. Our pulse rate goes up and it can make our heart race faster and make it more difficult to fall asleep in the first place.
2) Drink lots and lots of water. Make sure that your liver is in tiptop shape and that it can help you digest all that booze and to detoxify, so that you have a better sleep in the end.
I hope there's been some useful explanations for you here today. Until next time…. cheers!
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