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LEARN: MYTH BUSTING: ALCOHOL AND A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP DON'T MIX

Is having a nightcap part of your bedtime routine? If so, you might want to rethink that habit. Although many people use alcohol as a sleep aid because of its sedating effect, it can actually lead to a less restful night’s sleep. Research shows that alcohol reduces rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the stage of sleep when your brain and body are energized. When you don’t get enough sleep, you may experience:

  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Poor concentration
  • Irritability
  • Increased anxiety

If you’re having trouble sleeping, you might try these tips from the National Institutes of Health:

  • Exercising 20-30 minutes a day
  • Relaxing before going to bed
  • Keeping the temperature in your room comfortable

If you continue to have problems sleeping, contact your health care provider to ask to find out if you should schedule an appointment or if they have suggestions to help. An easy way to reach out to your Navy health care provider is using RelayHealth.