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Sleep and Alcohol – The Truth Revealed

Sleep and Alcohol – The Truth Revealed

Ever wondered why we easily fall asleep after consuming alcohol, but wake up tired the next day? Even after 7-8 hours of sleep?

Did you know that consuming alcohol near bedtime can have a profound, negative impact on your sleep quantity and quality? Well, you're not alone - the effects of alcohol on sleep are not common knowledge. A recent study found that 58 percent of 2,000 respondents were unaware that drinking can be detrimental to sleep, in fact, many believed alcohol aided sleep. 

Whichever camp you're in, it's important to understand the scientific effect that alcohol has on our sleep. 

Many people can identify with falling asleep quickly after consuming alcohol, but often find themselves waking up a few hours later tossing and turning. Despite the goodness of these first few hours of sleep, all is offset by a more disrupted second half of the night. But why is this the case?

After a night of alcohol consumption, a drinker won't sleep as soundly as normal because their body is rebounding from alcohol's depressive effects on their system. The very process of consuming alcohol inhibits glutamine, one of the body's natural stimulants. When the drinker stops drinking, the body tries to make up for lost time by producing more glutamine than it needs.

The increase in glutamine levels stimulates the brain while the drinker is trying to sleep, keeping them from reaching the deepest, most healing levels of slumber. The scientifically proven ‘biological process’ is referred to as - Glutamine Rebound.

This is a large contributor to the fatigue associated with a hangover, in addition to the tremors, anxiety and restlessness you might also be familiar with post-drinking. These symptoms experienced together are what we like to refer to as 'Hangxiety'.

So how can we avoid 'Hangxiety' The simple answer is to cease alcohol consumption altogether, however, this is hard for some of us particularly in social settings. Here at Clever Health, we’ve made it our mission to allow you to have your cake and eat it too – introducing Rejoove ‘Hangover Relief’.

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