The average adult sleeps 7.5 to 8 hours every night. Although the function of sleep is unknown, ample evidence illustrates that insufficient sleep can have serious consequences, including increased risk of depressive disorders, impaired respiration, and heart problems.
Moreover, excessive daytime sleepiness resulting from sleep disruption is related to memory deficits, impaired social and occupational function, and car crashes.
Alcohol consumption can cause sleep disorders by disturbing the sequence and duration of sleep states and by transforming total sleep time along with the time required to fall asleep.
This Alcohol Alert explores the effects of alcohol consumption on sleep routines, the potential health consequences of alcohol consumption combined with troubled sleep, and the risk for relapse in those with alcoholism who fail to recover regular sleep routines.
Many people with insomnia consume booze to boost sleep. Yet, booze have within an hour of bedtime appears to disturb the second half of the sleep interval.
The individual may sleep readily during the second half of sleep, simply to awaken from dreams, then return to sleep with difficulty.
With sustained eating just before bedtime, alcohol’s sleep-inducing effect may decrease, while its disruptive effects continue or raise.
This sleep disruption can result in daytime fatigue and sleepiness.
Drug and Alcohol Related Sleep Problems
Slumber difficulties are related to drug abuse, and withdrawal from drugs. Sleep disturbances also have been linked to the use of alcohol and to chronic alcoholism.
The severity of sleep problems resulting from drug will vary from person to person.
Prescription drugs which will cause sleep problems include:
-High blood pressure medications
-Inhaled respiratory medications
-Pseudoephedrine, such as the brand Sudafed
-Medications with caffeine. These generally include the brands Anacin, -Excedrin, and No Doz as well as cough and cold drugs.
-Prohibited drugs like cocaine, amphetamines, and methamphetamines.
Smokers report more daytime sleepiness and minor accidents than do nonsmokers, particularly in younger age groups.
Moreover, the mix of booze, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and snoring raises a person’s risk for heart attack, arrhythmia, stroke, and sudden death.