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Does drinking help you sleep?

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by roger1003, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    A lot of people will also turn to alcohol to help them sleep as they think the only other alternative is to take prescription medications and so they'd just rather have a couple of beers.

    There are a lot of ways to help a person sleep that doesn't involve alcohol or tablets, but they see alcohol as the easiest option even though it's probably not the safest.
  2. Scooby Snack

    Scooby Snack Community Champion

    Sometimes it helps me knock off, but it's never a fulfilling sleep, and I rarely wake up feeling refreshed.
  3. JonnyMacdonald

    JonnyMacdonald Community Champion

    Great post.
    A lot of people believe this myth about booze helping you sleep.
    The science clearly proves that alcohol hurts the quality of sleep.
  4. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    There's no doubt to me that the quality if sleep you get isn't as good as if you fall asleep naturally but sometimes that's the only reason people drink. Because they are unable to do that.

    They'll see it as a drunken sleep is better than no sleep at all.
  5. nick92

    nick92 Member

    Drinking can help your body relax and this might lead to a state of sleepiness, but in the long run it is not a good idea to rely on alcohol to help you sleep. If you have troubles falling asleep, try to go to a gym to eliminate tension and stress from your life.
  6. Jack Wallace

    Jack Wallace Senior Contributor

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  7. knitmehere

    knitmehere Community Champion

    Alcohol never really helped me sleep, but it did make the sleep much deeper when I fell into it. That's normally my main problem, being a light sleeper. I didn't think that positive side effect was worth all of the negatives, though.
  8. Damien Lee

    Damien Lee Community Champion

    A few years ago, I did drink heavily during a night out. When I got home I had a splitting headache since I don't drink regularly. But I was out stone cold when I hit the sack. Then I woke up the following morning, the headache had subsided considerably but I did feel tired and drained.
  9. Winterybella

    Winterybella Community Champion

    Interesting. Maybe I should share this with my husband who says it cools his head after a hard day and puts him to sleep.
  10. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    Alcohol no doubt affects your quality of sleep, but for a lot of people they aren't too concerned with that.

    If your going to turn to alcohol to try and get you to sleep, it's almost as a last resort so how you sleep won't matter to you, just so long as you do.
  11. djolem

    djolem Senior Contributor

    I have had problems sleeping for a long time and alcohol was helpful. Actually, it was one of the reasons to start drinking in the first place. The other was also the one that made me an insomniac but that is a completely different story. I drank every evening to ease my problem and I managed to do it but in the end I didn't feel good and I was starting to develop an addiction. I admit I was weak and now I feel better but still I have some thoughts about getting back to it. It has been hard for me these last several years, especially last 9 months.
  12. oraclemay

    oraclemay Community Champion

    It is true that alcohol can relax you, but it does disrupt your sleep patterns. This is not good because you desperately need that deep rest to be able to function normally. Not having enough or the right kind of sleep for long periods can have dire consequences for your body and mind!
  13. ZXD22

    ZXD22 Senior Contributor

    I am super lucky I don't drink and nor will I ever irresponsibly. Maybe once in a while. I have yet to drink before going to bed so I will try that once to see for myself once I turn 21!
  14. Steve Dawson

    Steve Dawson Community Champion

    One of the reasons my drinking first began getting out of control was my lifelong insomnia. Ever since I was very young I had trouble going to sleep, always waiting at least an hour, sometimes 2 or 3 before I would drift off. When I was in my twenties I used alcohol to help me get into a more restful state of mind, but it only worked very occasionally. More often than it sent me to sleep it would instead give me loads of energy, both mental and physical, as the buzz from the alcohol gave me a kick of adrenaline and made me more awake than ever. Its never a good idea to use alcohol to acheive a restful sleep, it will make the problem worse in the long run.
  15. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    I think a lot of people who do use alcohol to get to sleep don't see it as a last resort maybe but more of just a way of life after a while.

    That I think is when the problems begin and sooner or later people will need to drink more and more before the effects help then to get to sleep.
  16. monty

    monty Active Contributor

    I don't think that it helps me to take deep sleep.Because when I take alcohol it impossible to deep sleep for me as I start murmuring and talking in sleeping and can't relax properly and when I woke up next morning I really feel tired and I can't make my mind for doing any work.So, I rarely take alcohol during sleep.Because it never helps me to take deep sleep.Well! it's my personal experience so, I can't tell about others.How they feel?
  17. Jamesbonner

    Jamesbonner Active Contributor

    well I don't drink alchool, but I used to smoke weed every night so I can sleep easily, but when I wake up I feel some headachs, and it became such an addiction where I couldn't sleep if I don't smoke it !
  18. Vinaya

    Vinaya Community Champion

    In my experience alcohol promotes sleep, however, when I use alcohol to get sleep, the next day I will have a headache. I did not know the reason until I read this. It could be true that alcohol promotes sleep but stop the body from getting deep sleep. This might me the reason why I had head ache when I wake up in the morning.
  19. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    If I drink it to get a buzz, no. If I have a slight buzz all it does is makes me get a bit crazy and want to drink more. I don't pass out unless I had one to many drinks and I can't handle that much liquor. So the body just turns itself off.
  20. Okaviator

    Okaviator Senior Contributor

    As a past addict I can say that I completely agree. I always remembered alcohol as a way to go to sleep. Waking up in the morning I would always feel groggy and never fully awake. Thanks for the post that helped explain why.