SATURDAY, Nov. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News)
Nearly 7 in 10 Americans have lost sleep because they drank alcohol too close to bedtime, including 1 in 5 who often have this problem, a new poll shows.
In the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) survey, men were more likely to say they’ve lost sleep due to drinking alcohol than women (75% vs. 60%), and adults ages 35-44 (78%) are most likely to have a drink too late at night.
“While you might think alcohol helps you sleep, there are negative effects to having a drink close to bedtime,” said AASM President Dr. Kannan Ramar, a sleep medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic.
“Alcohol use can fragment your sleep, leading to more frequent awakenings during the second half of the night,” Ramar explained in an AASM news release.
Research shows that having a moderate amount of alcohol an hour before bedtime reduces melatonin production, which can disrupt your internal clock that helps regulate your 24-hour sleep-wake cycle.
Other ways that alcohol can harm your sleep include:
Here are some tips on how to avoid alcohol-related sleep problems:
For more on sleep, go to the Sleep Foundation.
SOURCE: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, news release, Nov. 16, 2020
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