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How can alcohol affect your sleep?

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Alcohol can affect the quality of your sleep because you're likely to wake up as the alcohol wears off. Alcohol also relaxes your muscles, including the ones in your throat. That can make breathing harder, which would also wake you.

SOURCES:

Addiction Science & Clinical Practice : “Sleep abnormalities associated with alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, and opiate use: a comprehensive review.”

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: “Treating Sleep Problems of People in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Drug-and Alcohol-Related Sleep Disorders.”

National Sleep Foundation: “How Medications Can Affect Sleep,” “How Alcohol Affects the Quality — and Quantity — of Sleep,” “Safe Use of Sleep Aids.”   

Psychiatric Clinics of North America : “Sleep Disturbance in Substance Use Disorders.”

Psychiatry : “Sleep Disorders in Substance Abusers: How Common Are They?”

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment: “Prevalence of restless legs syndrome during detoxification from alcohol and opioids.”

FDA: “Taking Z-drugs for Insomnia? Know the Risks.”

The British Journal of Psychiatry : “Misuse of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs in the UK.”

Peer J : “Potentially inappropriate use of benzodiazepines and z-drugs in the older population — analysis of associations between long-term use and patient-related factors.”

International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology : “An Insight into Z-Drug Abuse and Dependence: An Examination of Reports to the European Medicines Agency Database of Suspected Adverse Drug Reactions.” 

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on March 17, 2020

SOURCES:

Addiction Science & Clinical Practice : “Sleep abnormalities associated with alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, and opiate use: a comprehensive review.”

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: “Treating Sleep Problems of People in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Drug-and Alcohol-Related Sleep Disorders.”

National Sleep Foundation: “How Medications Can Affect Sleep,” “How Alcohol Affects the Quality — and Quantity — of Sleep,” “Safe Use of Sleep Aids.”   

Psychiatric Clinics of North America : “Sleep Disturbance in Substance Use Disorders.”

Psychiatry : “Sleep Disorders in Substance Abusers: How Common Are They?”

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment: “Prevalence of restless legs syndrome during detoxification from alcohol and opioids.”

FDA: “Taking Z-drugs for Insomnia? Know the Risks.”

The British Journal of Psychiatry : “Misuse of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs in the UK.”

Peer J : “Potentially inappropriate use of benzodiazepines and z-drugs in the older population — analysis of associations between long-term use and patient-related factors.”

International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology : “An Insight into Z-Drug Abuse and Dependence: An Examination of Reports to the European Medicines Agency Database of Suspected Adverse Drug Reactions.” 

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on March 17, 2020

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