How A Dry January Can Help You Sleep Better

You may already be craving alcohol if you are attempting to go through a dry January but there are plenty of reasons to stick with what has become an annual tradition of abstinence.

A common misconception about alcohol is that it helps rather than hinders your sleep. How many times have you been out on a session only to end up falling asleep on the sofa? It’s easy to see why how we can be misled into thinking alcohol is good for sleep. Some people even rely on it and there is no doubt alcohol has this effect but this is outweighed by plenty of drawbacks.

These include disturbed REM sleep. REM sleep is important for the brain and if you are not getting enough of it, your memory and mental functioning can suffer. The problem with alcohol is it will put you to sleep, but this is unlikely to be a deep sleep.

Over indulgence can also lead to hangovers and stomach problems which can also get you up at night. Add to this the diuretic effect alcohol has and you could find yourself getting up several times during the night.

The best thing you can do for a good night’s sleep is cut out alcohol altogether or at least drink in moderation to limit the negative impacts.