‘Tis the season, right? For many people that means an office Christmas party, family gatherings and big celebrations… a few cocktails here, a couple of beers there, a shooter or five… it all adds up and will eventually impact your sleep.
In this blog post, we explore how alcohol can impact sleep and overall health. Alcohol and insomnia have a complex link.
While some may say a glass of wine helps them fall asleep at night, in the long run, it can actually disturb the pattern of your sleep. It is recognised that even a single shot can interfere with reaching deep sleep. Deep sleep is very necessary as it relaxes the mind and body and helps you wake up refreshed the next day. A lack of deep sleep can make you feel tired and fatigued throughout day.
Ever notice you wake up early the morning after?
Although consuming alcohol might help you fall asleep, it also might make you wake up in the middle of the night, or really early the next morning (we’re talking 5am!). This is because as the alcohol makes its way through your body, your body is in a lighter stage of sleep (REM sleep), which is why you keep waking up. It’s also why your dreams might seem a little crazier than usual.
Long-term effects of binge drinking
In fact, just one night of binge drinking could have long term effects on your sleep. A 2018 study revealed that drinking four drinks in four hours could damage the gene that encourages sleep – potentially causing permanent sleep disturbances.
Having sleepless nights can increase the stress hormone levels and these hormones can put you at a higher risk of developing heart conditions, diabetes, obesity and many more unwanted health conditions. Alcohol itself is associated with increasing heart diseases and stroke.
Bad news for your partner, too
Alcohol can impact sleep, for you and your partner! Alcohol’s sedative effects relax the jaw and throad muscles, which could lead to snoring and development of sleep apnea. Not to mention the potential harm caused by your partner kicking you or elbowing you to try get you to stop snoring!
Water is your friend
If you know you’re going to have a big night, make sure water is part of your action plan. Alternate, drinking a glass of water after every glass of alcohol. Before going to bed, drink one big glass of water.
A comfortable sleep environment
When you’re ready to collapse into bed after a night of partying, switch off all lights and close the curtains and/or blinds. It’s right about this time that you would really benefit from a comfortable mattress. Browse through our selection of mattresses – a good mattress encourages healthy sleep and it just might be the ultimate tool to help you deal with the festive season!