You’ll Sleep Better Without Alcohol

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  • Avoid alcohol right before bedtime.
  • Drink less alcohol to limit effects on your sleep.

Need Some Zzzs? Drink Less Alcohol.

You need quality sleep.

Your mission might make it hard for you to get enough sleep. Don’t let alcohol make it even harder. Cutting back on alcohol can help you sleep better, which can improve your physical fitness, health and readiness. Getting enough sleep can help you:

• Stay strong – Good, nonstop sleep helps you build muscle mass and control your weight. Sleep also helps your immune system, so you can spend less time fighting off colds and flus and more time living your best life.

• Improve your readiness – By making sure the sleep you do get is quality sleep, you can increase your attention and focus.

• Keep your friends and family safe – Driving while drowsy is just as dangerous as driving drunk. Get the sleep you need to stay alert and safe on the road.

• Improve your mood – Snapping at friends and family? You might need more sleep. Cutting back on booze will help you sleep better which may improve your mental health. If you are feeling anxious or sad on a regular basis, the Real Warriors Campaign has plenty of resources to address depression and anxiety.

Alcohol is not a sleep aid.

Alcohol can make you feel drowsy, but it’s bad for your sleep. Even a drink or two before bed can leave you tossing and turning all night, waking up mid-dream and not being able to fall back to sleep. If you already have a sleep disorder such as insomnia, alcohol can make it worse. If you need alcohol to help you fall sleep, you should discuss your alcohol use with your military healthcare provider or chaplain.

Cut back on your alcohol intake, particularly before bed, if you want to be up and at ‘em on time and ready to serve.

Posted August 27, 2018