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Alcohol and sleep


The ‘night cap’ might help you to fall asleep more quickly, but sleep after drinking is often bad quality sleep.

People who stop or cut down often say they wake up feeling properly refreshed and find it easier to get up compared to when they were drinking.


Alcohol can reduce the amount of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep you get, which can leave you feeling drowsy and with poor concentration during the day. Not to mention having a hangover, which can drain your ‘get up and go’.

You might need to give your body time to adjust to falling asleep without alcohol, but once you do, you should find yourself more rested and full of energy.

Your partner may thank you too, as you may snore less!


More physical benefits

Health benefits

Better sports performance

Lose weight, look better


More benefits

Health and fitness

Sports performance

Sleep better, more energy

Mental health benefits - Improve your mood and reduce depression and anxiety

Lifestyle benefits - Better relationships, drink-free fun, fewer regrets, more money


(2013) Irshaad O. Ebrahim, Colin M. Shapiro, Adrian J. Williams, Peter B. Fenwick. Alcohol and Sleep I: Effects on Normal Sleep. The London Sleep Centre, London.