An Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research report reveals that alcohol before bed can cause disruptions in sleep.

“For individuals researching sleep in the field of alcohol studies, our findings indicate that care needs to be taken when interpreting increases in ‘visually scored’ SWS (slow wave sleep) associated with alcohol consumption,” aid Christian L. Nicholas, National Health & Medical Research Council Peter Doherty Research Fellow in the Sleep Research Laboratory at The University of Melbourne. “Increases in SWS, which traditionally would be interpreted as a good thing, can be associated with more subtle changes indicating disrupted sleep, such as the increases we observed in alpha activity, which are revealed when more detailed micro-structural components of the sleep electroencephalogram are assessed.”