Drink More, Sleep Better?

By: Channel 6 News Email
By: Channel 6 News Email

Does having a drink before bed help you fall asleep?

It may have the opposite effect.

In a new, Japanese study ten adults were assigned to drink varying amounts of alcohol an hour and a half before bed.

Their heart rate was measured while they slept.

They found the more alcohol a participant drank, the higher their heart rate during sleep.

This leads to symptoms of insomnia, a lack of "deep sleep" and difficulty staying asleep.

Experts say this could have a long-term negative effect on health if drinking before bed becomes a habit.

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