Skip Alcoholic Beverages Close To Bedtime

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Welcome to day 3 of the Your Best Sleep Yet! challenge, powered by support from Compass One Healthcare.

Even though a glass of wine or beer may seem to help you fall asleep, it actually interferes with the quality of your sleep.

Research shows that alcohol consumption blocks REM sleep — the most restorative phase of sleep. That means you’re more likely to wake up groggy and unfocused after drinking.

And you know that relaxed feeling you get from your favorite cocktail? It can worsen breathing problems as you sleep. Alcohol relaxes the entire body — including the muscles in your throat — making you more prone to snoring and sleep apnea.

Tip: To avoid extra bathroom breaks during the night, it’s best to avoid all types of beverages too close to bedtime. Stop drinking alcohol at least 4 hours before sleep, and non-alcoholic liquids at least two hours before sleep.

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Posted by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) on Jun 17, 2020 7:11 PM America/Chicago

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I don't drink alcohol. If I haven't met my goal of daily steps I try finish before bed time.
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