Myth: Drinking Helps You Sleep

Alcohol’s depressant effects on the central nervous system lead to drowsiness and reduce the time it takes to fall asleep. However, once asleep, alcohol can disrupt normal sleep patterns so that the quality of sleep - measured by the time spent in REM and non-REM sleep and total time asleep - is reduced. Non-REM deep sleep is considered as regenerative, mainly due to the release of growth hormone, and, although this type of sleep is increased when alcohol is consumed, growth