Why you should avoid a nightcap before bed, it’ll increase your chances of snoring!
It’s widely believed that an alcoholic drink before you sleep will help you relax, but it’s been known to disrupt sleep and increase your likelihood to snore. Scientists at the London Sleep Centre found that alcohol acts as a sedative, it may help you drift off but it’ll also disrupt your regular sleep cycle.
Those who go to sleep under the influence of alcohol will feel as though they’ve been in a deep slumber but they’ve actually deprived themselves of the type of sleep that leaves you feeling well rested; REM Sleep.
Many people have become reliant on alcoholic drinks to help them drift off to sleep, but in a way you’re cheating yourself out of effective, restful sleep.
What is REM sleep?
REM is the abbreviation for Rapid Eye Movement; this is the deepest stage of your sleep where you’re most likely to dream and more likely to get the real rest that helps your body recover for the next day.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea have been known to disrupt this sleep cycle and will therefore reduce the overall quality of your sleep. This makes snoring a real problem for many people around the world.
How does Alcohol affect Snoring?
Research has shown that even if you weren’t a habitual snorer, booze can turn non-snorers in to snorers and more worryingly it can even increase your likelihood to suffer Sleep Apnea. Consuming Alcohol increases the chances of vibration in your vocal chords as a result.
A lesson to be learned
So what does this teach us? Well if you’ve got a big day planned in the morning it’s a good idea to leave the nightcap alone, it may take you a while longer to sleep without a drink, but you’ll feel much more refreshed in the morning.
By Richard Owen