Alcohol & Sleep: Nix the Nightcap?

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Joanne Brucker, 47, grew up with European parents, who considered it traditional to drink wine with dinner each night. But eventually she noticed her nightly quaffing was interfering with her slumber. “I tried to keep it up,” she says, “but anything more than two glasses definitely kept me from falling asleep. Why does alcohol before Sleep and Chronophysiology Laboratory at the University of Michigan.

Still, the nightcap has quite a following: Up to 15% of people use alcohol to seduce the sandman, large-scale surveys show, even though research suggests that it loses any benefit as a dehydration. And down a few extra glasses of water the next morning, too.

Originally published in the November/December 2007 issue of WebMD the Magazine.