A Business Insider report examines why drinking alcohol before bed may disrupt sleep by detailing the research studies that support this idea.
That glass of wine right before bed may make you feel drowsy, but don’t rely on it for quality sleep.
Scientists have been studying the counterintuitive relationship between the drowsiness that comes from drinking alcohol and actual sleep since at least the 1930s.
“If you drink alcohol before bed, it actually makes you fall asleep faster and sleep deeper, but then your body starts to metabolize that alcohol, and you’ll go through withdrawal,” Thomas Roth, director of the Henry Ford Sleep Research Center, told Business Insider’s Christina Sterbenz. “Your sleep will be terribly disrupted.”