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Doctors: Alcohol Not Good for Your Sleep
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on January 24, 2013 @ 7:22PM
Created on January 24, 2013 @ 6:04PM
 
Do you ever have a long day at work and rush home to grab a few drinks to relax and get ready for bed? While that drink may make you feel like you're sleeping better, the truth is, you're not. A combination of recent studies all debunk that common myth.
 
There's actually three different types of alcohol-related sleep. The three affect different types of people but the way it affects your sleep is very similar.

The first case is called "inadequate sleep hygiene." This generally relates to college kids, or others, who go out and party on the weekend.
 
"Alcohol dependent sleep disorder" is when working professionals have four to five drinks a night to help them sleep for about 30 days. 
 
"Alcoholism" is when people drink day and night then end up with more lasting problems.
 
While relaxing with a few drinks or partying with friends may make you feel ready for a good night's sleep, it's actually not going to happen. With alcohol-dependent sleep, the first three and four hours of it will be good; however, during the second half of the night, you will have decreased quality for your  REM sleep, which can affect how productive you are the next day.
 
There's a few things you can do that will keep you on a schedule and help you sleep better.

According to Web M.D., you should get regular exercise but no later than a few hours before bed. Avoid caffeine, alcohol or nicotine in the evening. Keep your bedroom at a cool temperature and set regular wake up and bed times.
 
If those don't help, consult a sleep doctor.

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