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For those of us who drink a routine tipple before bed, there’s a bit of bad news: it’s not actually proven to get you a better night’s sleep – it actually could be making your quality of rest worse.

According to researchers, alcohol is a sedative however once you’re asleep, it’s more likely to disrupt you from a proper kip. An Australian study of the effects of alcohol on sleep EEG power spectra found that pre-sleep drinking not only causes an initial increase in Slow Wave Sleep (SWS)-related delta power but also causes an increase in frontal alpha power, which is thought to reflect disturbed sleep.

Author of the study, Dr Christian Nicholas, said “People likely tend to focus on the commonly reported sedative properties of alcohol, which is reflected in shorter times to fall asleep, particularly in adults, rather than the sleep disruption that occurs later in the night”.

Non-Rapid Eye Movement is said to be a crucial factor in how much quality sleep you have, so that 9 o’clock sip of gin could be affecting your ability to function properly during the day.

In summary, the thing to take away from this is that a night cap could have “significant detrimental effects on daytime well-being and neurocognitive function such as learning and memory processes”. Alcohol is not a sleep aid, says Dr Nicholas, despite it feeling like it is.

An excuse for day drinking? Perhaps.

Do you have a drink before bed? What is your beverage of choice? Do you have a bad sleep after a night cap? Tell us below.

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  1. I am at the moment having a nice glass of red before I retire for the night. I sleep very well thank-you and have done for many years. There is no way I can drink during the day, after 4 is my time.

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  2. I have 2 or 3 beers as happy hour between 4pm & 6 before dinner and sleep like a baby and also I have a granpar nap before lunch because I can. I don’t need to learn many more things at 70 it’s more like trying to remember those things that I already know.

  3. Don’t really give a “sh–“, I am 71, have lived through the loss of a beloved son, been through chemo for lymphoma, and now in remission. So what if I drink too much, according to health guide lines. I am still alive, still making the best of every day, what more can I ask for, ?

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  4. From my observations it doesn’t help really, especially if one turns into two etc etc . The melatonin pill isn’t it the one for improving sleep ? Cheers. My nightcap is a warm milo cuppa.

  5. Always sleep badly after a glass of wine or two. Dont know why, but it doesn’t prevent me from having a social drink as I often sleep badly anyway !!

  6. I usually have 2 or 3 white wines before dinner. Never drink after I have eaten . Still going strong at 76.

  7. If it tastes good and it feels good why should I listen to a self professed …. who will change their opinion next year or what’s ever in vogue. Cheers

  8. I am only allowed one wine per day, I like a sundowner. Try not to drink anything at all near bedtime or I will wake with a busting bladder.

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