It is public knowledge that alcohol is not healthy to the body. However, even if people know that alcohol is very unhealthy for them, there are still some people who misuse alcohol. One way of misusing alcohol is drinking or consuming alcohol before going to bed just to help people with sleep disorders or sleep problems fall asleep easily. What most people do not know about alcohol is that alcohol can help someone fall asleep, yes, but when alcohol is taken regularly, such as every single night, then the body may produce alcohol dependence and there will be no effects as to a person can fall asleep easily or not.
Alcoholism and Sleep
Alcohol and Sleep with Alcoholism
A person suffering from alcoholism or drinking problems will have evident sleep disturbances or sleep problems. For person who is trying to withdraw or stop drinking alcohol, one very common withdrawal symptom is sleep disturbances. Sleep disturbances associated with alcohol withdrawal will include increased time needed just to fall asleep, frequent awakenings in the middle of the night, and an evident decrease in sleep quality during the night which will most likely cause daytime fatigue.
Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome and Sleep
For people who are dependent alcohol users that abruptly stop their alcohol consumption can trigger withdrawal syndrome that is characterized with pronounced or severe insomnia together with evident sleep fragmentation. To prevent alcohol withdrawal syndrome, abruptly stopping alcohol consumption by people suffering from alcoholism should never be down. Instead of abruptly stopping intake of alcohol, slowly tapering down intake of alcohol will be better. Doing such will not only prevent alcohol withdrawal syndrome, but it can also help in preventing severe withdrawal symptoms that can really be stressful and affect one’s daily lives.
Sleep during Alcoholism Recovery and Relapse
Even when withdrawal symptoms from alcoholism subside or even just some improvement from withdrawal symptoms, abnormal or disturbed sleep patterns can possibly not return back to normal, even after several years of not consuming any alcoholic beverages. People who were suffering from alcoholism tent to have poorer quality of sleep and they will most probably suffer from several awakenings during the night, making their sleep less relaxing, thus causing daytime sleepiness and daytime fatigue. The apparent sleep disturbances can make people think than consuming alcohol can help in improving their sleep, thus sometimes causing alcoholism relapse. What those people do not know that going back to drinking alcohol can further disrupt abnormal sleeping patterns.