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Why do I have trouble sleeping after drinking?

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Last Updated: 07/09/2019 at 9:34pm
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November 29th, 2015 2:10pm
Drinking impairs the senses. Your brain isn't making the appropriate nerve signals to help you function, even if that function is sleeping.
December 2nd, 2015 2:22pm
This is because the alchohol is affecting your behavioral patterns causing you to have trouble sleeping.
December 2nd, 2015 2:29pm
This can happen from numerous reasons that may be affecting your life such as already being in a anxious state as your heart palpitations will have increased rapidly from the alcohol consumption. If it's not because of a psychological cause, it could be simply be because alcohol is a diuretic which makes the body lose extra fluid through sweat thus causing you to be dehydrated. This could make you go to the bathroom often or even snore. There's honestly so many reasons why it could be happening but since we're not professionals, just to be certain it would be best to check with a doctor! :) Take care!
December 4th, 2015 3:11pm
alcohol doesn't actually help you to sleep - even if you sleep 12 hours while alcohol induced, you won't have really "slept" because alcohol tricks the brain.
December 5th, 2015 10:58pm
Drinking migjt disturb the way your organism functiond. Therefor it might not be easy to fall sleep, following normal patterns
December 6th, 2015 2:04am
Because your body is trying to digest the liquid you drank so it is unsettled and can't go to sleep yet
December 6th, 2015 4:42pm
Because I don't feel very well and my brain is extremely active and I think about things I shouldn't even be thinking or worrying about.
June 13th, 2016 10:44pm
When you drink alcohol even though it is a depresant it can asue you to overthink about thing and casue insomnia it seems that you have some deep issues you need to talkabout
June 12th, 2018 3:29am
Alcohol Use Can Impair Sleep, Cause Insomnia. Emerging research suggests drinking alcohol to fall asleep may ultimately be counterproductive as the drug interferes with sleep homeostasis, the body's sleep-regulating mechanism. ... The findings are important because many individuals drink as an effort to aid sleep
June 3rd, 2019 7:56am
Hi there, Thanks for the question. Alcohol is a stimulant, depressant and a hallucinogenic. When you consume alcohol, the breakdown product of alcohol, acetaldehyde, mixes with the bile from the liver and creates another compound, a hallucinogenic, which is the reason you feel good and the reason most people drink. This compound interferes with the other brain chemistry and causes insomnia. Many people who drink on a regular basis will experience insomnia and other kinds of distress if they consume alcohol on a regular basis. If you are a heavy drinker or you cannot stop without any kind of withdrawal symptoms, I want to invite you to talk to your doctor about pharmacological support. There are a few anti-craving medications that have found significant efficacy in supporting people to quit drinking. One of the benefits of one of these drugs, Naltrexone, is to help people find regular sleep patterns. Good luck
July 9th, 2019 9:34pm
if the drink in question is alcoholic, then it may be leading to a phenomenon called REM rebound once it gets metabolized. immediately after drinking, your sleep-onset latency is decreased, so you can fall asleep faster, but you won’t get enough REM sleep (the deep, restorative kind) in your early sleep cycles, leading to more of it later (the rebound), which causes disturbances with vivid and unsettling dreams, activity, and increased heart rate in the second half of the night. if the drink is non-alcoholic, you may just need to empty your bladder or drink less fluid before bed.