Alcohol and Sleep

Sometimes there's no better indulgence than a glass of wine on the couch after a long day. One glass may turn into two, and before you know it, you're ready to get under the covers. So what's the harm? You may like that sleepy feeling it gives you right before bed - however, evidence has proven that while the short term effects are relaxing, it actually reduces REM - an essential ingredient to a quality night's rest. 

While it seems to help induce feelings of sleep, it's actually been linked to a myriad of problems, like dehydration, difficulty breathing and even sleep apnea. The good news? There are some great natural alternatives to that Monday night glass of wine before bed! 

A Cup Of Tea or Kombucha 

The oral fixation of sipping a liquid can be an issue for frequent drinkers.  Substituting that with kombucha, which mimics the bubbles of beer or sparkling wine can be very effective. Decaffeinated tea, in particular, provides a calming effect and can help you relax without giving you the jitters.

Taking A Hot Bath

Hot water over the skin can open your pores and stimulate the senses. It also increases blood flow and helps your muscles relax. Rather than popping the cork, pop some bubbles in the bath and treat yourself to a spa-like experience. You may wake up feeling happy and not hungover.

Bedtime Rituals

There are plenty of distractions to be had in the home including music, meditation, or a good book. Often the urge to drink stems from boredom and if the mind and senses are otherwise occupied, the thirst for that glass of Pinot can be postponed. Try implementing a sleep ritual that's perfect for you to signal to your body when you're ready for bed. 

Take a Walk

The old habit of taking an evening stroll around the block seems a bit old-fashioned - but walking is not only is a great way to get out of the house and see the neighborhood, it can also be a simple and healthy alternative from concocting that nightcap cocktail.

It’s generally a good idea to limit the quantity and frequency of drinking altogether, especially in the evenings before bedtime to ensure a good night’s rest. Try somet of these natural alternatives and see how good it feels to wake up without that familiar hungover feeling, instead feeling fresh, rejuvenated and well rested. 

Tags: Sleep, Wellness