Alcohol in Relation to Slumber

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J. Todd Arnedt, Ph.D. of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and colleagues, conducted a research study that found females who consumed alcohol or placebo experienced higher sleep disturbance than males.  Compiled of 93 healthy “self described good sleeper” adults in their 20’s (59 women/ 34 males), the researchers provided the volunteers with a dose of alcohol (based on sex/weight scale) or a placebo 2.5 hours before bedtime. The sleep was monitored through polysomnography, then re-monitored one week following with the a placebo beverage.  The researchers found irrelevance to a family history of alcoholism; men reflected little change across the nights but women were on the opposite spectrum.  “After drinking alcohol, women got 20 minutes less total sleep time, had 4% lower sleep efficiency, and spent 15 minutes more time awake during the night compared with nights after drinking the placebo,” they said.  Click here to read the entire article by MedPage Today.

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