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HHS HealthBeat (April 11, 2011)

Nightcaps – not such a great idea

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Can alcohol before bedtime help a woman get a good night’s sleep? Actually, a study indicates it could make things worse. Researcher Todd Arnedt of the University of Michigan and colleagues compared sleep in 93 healthy adults after they drank alcohol to intoxication and again after a non-alcoholic drink.

Arnedt says alcohol especially affected women:

``Women tended to have more awakenings during the night, spent more time awake during the night, and overall, they slept less than men did after a high dose of alcohol.’’ (8 seconds)

Men and women reported worse sleep quality and more sleepiness the next morning after alcohol.

The study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 7, 2011