Have you become dependent on Alcohol to sleep? Do you find yourself reaching for an extra drink to relax? If you depend on alcohol to get rest, it may be a sign of a deeper issue. There are ways to get a good night’s sleep without alcohol.
Alcohol and Sleepiness
Alcohol is known to make people feel a little more relaxed. As a result many people turn to alcohol when they need to settle down and rest. Unfortunately alcohol may make you feel sleepy, but it also wreaks havoc on your body and may actually keep you from getting the rest you need. Alcohol disrupts your sleep in the following ways:
- Alcohol causes most people to urinate more often. This can lead the drinker to lose sleep by getting up to use the restroom.
- Alcohol causes digestive difficulties. It may upset your stomach or cause vomiting or diarrhea.
- Alcohol can cause rapid dehydration. As your body loses water, you run the risk of losing electrolytes or of dehydrating your brain. This can cause you to have restless sleep and interferes with REM sleep.
- Alcohol leads to dependency. A nightly drinker will build up a tolerance to alcohol. Over time this will lead to more drinking which makes the nightly routine more expensive, more dangerous and more addictive.
- Alcohol increases apnea problems and makes your breathing much more difficult. Alcohol suppresses your breathing and can make apnea flares worse or even deadly.
“Night People” and Alcohol
Are you a night person? Do you feel sleepy during the day and in the mornings, but, as soon as it becomes late night, you are wide awake? Night people tend to drink more alcohol than early morning risers.
They tend to drink more, because there is not much else to do when others are asleep. Drinking can become a nightly routine that begins shortly after dinner. Alcoholism can sneak up on you when drinking becomes part of your schedule.
Get Help for Alcohol Abuse before It Affects Your Life
Has alcohol begun to take over your life? If so, seek help now. You can get help for alcohol abuse and addiction by calling our toll-free helpline. Our experienced recovery professionals can help you determine if your drinking or a loved one’s drinking has become a more serious problem. We can help you find rehab treatment, mental health treatment, sleep treatment and more. We can work with your insurance provider to find coverage for wellness treatment and rehab. Our phone services are always free to you and we strictly maintain all HIPPA privacy guidelines. Call now, and find out how we can help you.