There is an interesting article in the May 17th issue of The Journal of Alcohol and Alcoholism related to alcohol intake and its effect on sleep. The research showed that even small amounts of alcohol can alter the quality and amount of sleep a person gets per night.
This article is particularly relevant to those who are struggling with a mental illness who often have sleep difficulty. It is not a good idea to try to remedy that sleep issue with alcohol usage. Alcohol may initially cause a person to fall asleep but when that person’s blood alcohol drops that person becomes more and more alert. Alcohol is known to interfere with the brain’s sleep architecture. Some of the worst sleepers I’ve seen in my practice are people who have been drinking alcohol heavily for years. This research on even small amounts of alcohol causing problems is sobering. No pun intended!
So you might want to think twice before reaching for that night cap!