This is something that gets overlooked all too often. Most people have witnessed an intoxicated person in a “deep slumber” or “passed out”, but this is only as it appears to be when it comes to the quality of sleep he or she is experiencing.
Alcohol actually cuts down on REM sleep and inhibits the brain’s ability to restore and re-energize itself. Take a look at the article from the University of Missouri School of Medicine to discover some of the ways alcohol can impair sleep, and possibly cause insomnia.
“During acute alcohol withdrawal, subjects displayed a significant increase in wakefulness with a reduction in rapid eye movement (REM) and non-rapid eye movement sleep,” Thakkar said. “This caused insomnia-like symptoms and suggests an impaired sleep homeostasis.”
Read the full article: Alcohol Use Can Impair Sleep, Cause Insomnia