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Alcohol can spoil a good night's sleep

18th August 2011

A study published in the peer-reviewed journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research has concluded that drinking alcohol before bedtime can cause insomnia and rob a night’s rest of its restorative powers.

The research evaluated the impact of drinking before going to bed on heart rate and sleep. The study involved 10 university students, who were given low levels, high levels or no alcohol to drink before bed. Drinking higher doses of alcohol was found to reduce the amount of REM sleep, and resulted in a shallower sleep during the latter half of the night.

 

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Article Information

Title: Alcohol can spoil a good night's sleep
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 19486
Date Added: 18th Aug 2011

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