- my ‘relationship’ to alcohol
- how I reduced my alcohol consumption
- benefits of a healthy lifestyle
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The Impact Of Alcohol On Our Sleep Quality Resolution
When it comes to having a hard time falling asleep, alcohol is often the first drug of choice. But there are a couple of problems with alcohol that we should consider before our problems get bigger than they already might be.
I personally drank 1 – 1.5 ltr. of beer every single evening. But at some point, I could feel that this was not good for me and I had to find a way out of this. Was I addicted? Body-wise – no. Psychology wise – absolutely. In this week’s episode, I shared my personal story with you and also the exact path of how I was able to ease the process of reducing my alcohol intake without the need to avoid alcohol completely.
But for now, let’s talk a bit about the impact of alcohol affects our sleep in general.
Firstly, it is true that alcohol will let you feel calm, relaxed and can help you fall asleep faster. But as we all know, it is also true that alcohol will not deliver the same quality of sleep for us.
Secondly, alcohol has an effect on our overall health and our REM dream sleep. We will get less of this important sleep stage that promotes our dreams AND who knows what an impact this can have for our mental health in the long haul.
This is also the reason why Matthiew Walker points out that alcohol is so bad for the yet unborn. In his bestselling book “Why We Sleep” he assumes that the brain can simply not develop properly when the REM sleep is partly suppressed.
Next alcohol has an addictive element in it. You can research how many people have to join the AA yearly or even drink themselves to death.
Lastly, there are many diseases caused by the impact of alcohol drinking on a regular basis:
- high blood pressure
- heart disease
- liver disease
- digestive problems
- mental health problems (depression, anxiety)
- and many more
Get me right. I love good wine. I love beer. And sometimes a Scottish Malt Whisky. But you have to get the amount you drink right.
I would even argue that it is probably better to have a glass of wine or two before taking a sleeping pill on occasion. But getting into the habit of drinking daily or simply too much is a place that we all should avoid.
If you are in the habit of drinking to fall asleep faster, there are a lot of things that can help you out without the need of taking alcohol or even sleeping pills (which I personally find even worse).
You will find tons of information on https://www.sleeptrust.eu or simply by following @sleeptrust on social media. You might also think about joining our free facebook group (Natural Sleep Improvement Group) where you can ask any question and get help from the community.