Alcoholic Spouse? Is Your Spouse Drinking To Sleep?
Posted Mar 01 2011 9:27pm
Are you married to an alcoholic spouse who is drinking alcohol to sleep? Maybe your alcoholic husband or alcoholic wife is keeping you up at night tossing and turning? Your spouse may be drinking to self-medicate insomnia, but it sure doesn’t work well. Alcohol may put your spouse to sleep, but it interrupts sleep later in the night.
Here are 2 findings from a recent study published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 2011 about alcohol’s effect on sleep. The findings are based on a study of 95 people (50 women, 34 men) who drank either alcohol or placebo prior to sleep. (The results were obtained by polysomnography).
1. Both men and women reported poorer sleep quality after drinking alcohol.
2. Women actually showed fewer hours of sleep, more awakenings, and more trouble getting back to sleep after waking up.
The take away message is two-fold. Alcohol is a lousy sleep aid and hurts your sleep later in the night. Women who drink suffer even more alcohol-related sleep effects than men because they metabolize alcohol differently.
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1J. Todd Arnedt, Damaris J. Rohsenow, Alissa B. Almeida, Sarah K. Hunt, Manjusha Gokhale, Daniel J. Gottlieb, Jonathan Howland. Sleep Following Alcohol Intoxication in Healthy, Young Adults: Effects of Sex and Family History of Alcoholism. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 2011; DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2010.01417.x