Alcohol Insomnia is a kind of insomnia that is induced by the side effects of taking alcohol hours before sleep.
Alcohol will make you pass out and will not give you deep sleep. Yes, you will sleep for a few hours and wake up feeling terrible. Why?
Alcohol dehydrates your body and makes you uncomfortable and thirsty. Your REM sleep is disturbed and can hardly get back to sleep. When you sleep your body goes through sleep cycles, repeating the same pattern over and over again. This sleep cycle is important for deep sleep. Now, when you take alcohol before sleep, it totally distorts the sleep pattern and leaves you wide awake after for the rest of the night.
Your body has to compensate by producing adrenaline to compensate for the alcohol in your body. This also keeps you awake.
Alcohol and Sleeping Pills.
I have heard stories of people taking insomnia drugs with alcohol. The idea is that the alcohol will make the drug work better and you have a better sleep.
THIS IS A SUICIDE RECIPE.
Please avoid it. Why?
Alcohol is a depressant and most sleeping pills contain depressants. The effects of using the two at the same is that they will slow down your breathing to an extent that this might become too much for your body to handle and you may pass into a coma or even die.
Stop or reduce your alcohol intake especially towards sleep time. One the principle of bed hygiene is to avoid hours before sleep food or drinks that can cause insomnia. The first thing on the list of “no touch” substances is Alcohol followed by Caffeine.
Alcohol is addictive, but you can wean yourself of it for the evening periods if you try hard enough. Do it for your sleep. You can take herbal teas like fennel or chamomile tea to compensate. Or take light wine during your dinner.
If you suffer from other forms of insomnia, I recommend that sleeping pills or insomnia drugs should be the last option. They can be very dangerous and addictive and should only be used under a doctor’s supervision.
There are better options to treating any type of insomnia. I especially love natural remedies for insomnia. You can try melatonin supplements, sleep sound audio programs like the Sleep Tracks Optimization Program, and exercise for sleep and so on. You can also try herbal sleep aids, as they have been known to be very effective against insomnia and other kinds of sleep problems.