If you think having a sneaky tipple before bedtime will help you sleep better, think again!
Numerous studies have shown that consuming alcohol prior to sleep can not only impair your ability to get a good night’s sleep, but also may result in alcohol dependence.
Alcohol will initially help healthy people fall asleep quicker and also may help in providing the deeper sleep, however it reduces REM (rapid eye movement) sleep eventually.
REM sleep occurs about 1.5 hours into your sleep and is the restorative stage of the sleep cycle, where we dream. When REM sleep is disrupted, we wake up feeling drowsy and irritable, and may feel tired and have poor concentration throughout the day.
Also, avoiding stimulants like caffeine before bed is crucial for a good night’s sleep. Try and have your last coffee at least 6-7 hours before bedtime.