A good night’s sleep is vital for managing your mental health.
We’ve looked at how you can deal with sleep disorders and also the relationship between sleep deprivation and sickness absence.
But a recent article from Sleep Advisor caught our eye.
They’ve explored the relationship between alcohol and sleep, including the misconception that a nightcap before bedtime can help with your nightly routine.
Some recent surveys make this topic even more relevant.
According to Bupa Global, two in five business leaders in the UK have turned to alcohol or drugs to cope with mental ill health during the pandemic.
And a health and safety software firm found that, in 2020, nine out of 10 people have admitted to drinking alcohol while working from home.
Here’s a look at some of the main points the Sleep Advisor article raises about the affect alcohol can have on your sleep.
Yes, alcohol does make you fall asleep faster.
However, rather than helping the sleeper, it changes brain activity, which results in a less restful night’s sleep.
And while people might experience a deeper sleep in the first half of the night, they’re likely to wake earlier and find it difficult to fall asleep again.
Other disruptions in sleep could include:
Drinking before bed can interfere with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.
REM sleep occurs several times during the night and is the stage of sleep when the eyes move rapidly under your eyelids. This is also when most dreams occur.
Drinking can cause dreams to feel more real. In fact, some people may even re-enact their dreams through sleep walking and talking.
This can also relate to nightmares as well as dreams
You can decrease the affect of alcohol on your sleep in several ways. These include:
You can also do a few things to improve the chances of having a better sleep. This could include:
If you’d like to find out more, you can read Sleep Advisor’s full article; Does Alcohol Affect Sleep? What You Need to Know Before Bed.
If you’d like to find out how our occupational health services can help you to support employees with sleep disorders or issues with alcohol, contact the team at Fusion today.
Posted by Louise Grieb on
11 December 2020 at 11:12 AM
Drug & Alcohol TestingHealth & WellbeingMental HealthOccupational Health