Your Worst Fears are Confirmed: Drinking Messes with Your Sleep Cycle

drinking can mess with your sleep cycle, weight lossWe all know just how good it feels to blissfully pass out after a night (or Sunday Funday!) of drinking. Incredible, ideal? Actually, it isn’t really. Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have confirmed what we already understand deep down: drunk sleep is sort of the worst thing ever.

BUSM released their findings in Behavioral Brain Research, which looked particularly at interruptions in sleep cycles as a result of persistent liquor direct exposure.

I guess it should not come as much as a shock that drinking can ruin your sleep cycle (particularly if you didn’t hydrate appropriately before heading to bed). Researchers showed that people who deal with liquor use conditions can suffer long term sleep-wake disruptions, even when avoiding alcohol.

Per the article:

The analysts hypothesize that persistent alcohol use leads to dysfunction of cholinergic cells (cells that synthesize neurotransmitter acetylcholine) in a location of the brain stem called the pedunculopontine tegmentum, which is engageded in managing numerous elements of sleep. As a result of the long term alcohol exposure, the activity of chemicals that thrill nerve cells in the brain boosts while concurrently minimizing the activity of a chemical that hinders this neuron activity. This results in the over-activity of brain chemicals in the brain and triggers a disruption in the regular sleep cycle.

Though the study is aimed at persistent liquor users and abusers, it could be time for social drinkers such as ourselves to take a long, tough look at our alcohol consumption and how it could influence our sleep cycle and total health down the line.

I, for one, don’t need to jeopardize any even more of my sleeping routines over ‘one more’ martini.