Many people drink alcohol because they think it helps them unwind. Drinking in moderation is fine. However, it can be easy to slip into bad habits. Drinking regularly over the recommended guidelines can have a negative impact on our mood.
Further, if you rely on a night-cap to get over to sleep it may well get you to sleep, but as the alcohol level in your blood drops, it will wake you again in 2-4 hours. It can then be hard to get over to sleep again. Alcohol also disrupts sleep rhythms and cuts down your REM (rapid eye movement) sleep and your deep sleep.
Alcohol may keep stress alive and this, in turn, is likely to mean your sleep is poor.
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