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I think most people (those that drink anyway) will agree that a few drinks can help you nod off after a long and gruelling day. However, alcohol has a profound effect on your sleep cycle. Poor sleep is linked to poor mental health, it hinders our ability to recover and affects our mood.

If we consume more than six units of alcohol before going to sleep, we will drop off easily but spend more time in deep sleep and not enough time in REM sleep, which is an important restorative stage of sleep that our bodies need. This will result in feeling irritable, lethargic and absent minded, regardless of how long you stay in bed.

Alcohol can make you snore loudly as it relaxes the muscles in your body, which includes tissue in your throat, mouth and nose. This, in turn, can hinder the smooth flow of air, meaning more snoring. Alcohol is also a diuretic so the need to visit the toilet will be more frequent which will also break your natural sleep cycle.

So, all in all, too much alcohol, too close to bedtime will equal a pretty bad night’s sleep even if you think you’ve slept well.

Some tips

  • If you’ve had a challenging day, why not do some exercise to relieve the stress as opposed to drinking alcohol?
  • If you are going to have some alcohol, consider a cut-off point that allows your body to process the alcohol before you go to sleep.
  • Non-alcoholic beers, wines and spirits are a great alternative.
  • Create some affirmations and anchors around your lifestyle choices.

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