's 'Sleep M.D.' Provides Her Top Holiday Sleep Tip: Avoid the Alcohol

A medical sleep doctor who works with sleep advice website gives what she says is the most important holiday sleep tip of all.

Online PR News – 16-December-2011 – – (Richmond, Virginia) – In the hectic world in which we live, sleep during the holiday season can often be difficult. There are a ton of tips to help individuals sleep better this time of year. There are so many, in fact, that sleep news and advice website is listing a dozen of them for 2011 in a series of articles titled "12 Holiday Sleep Tips". However, SleepBetter's medical sleep expert says the one that is most important to remember is to avoid or at least moderate consumption of alcohol.

"People need to know that alcohol ultimately disrupts sleep even though it seems to act as a hypnotic," said Dr. Lisa Shives (a.k.a. The Sleep M.D.), who is a contributor to and one of only a few practitioners with a fellowship in Sleep Medicine in addition to board certification by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

Hypnotic drugs and sedatives have a primary purpose of causing an individual to fall asleep, and alcohol can indeed create an overwhelming urge to sleep. However, as Dr. Shives says, that effect doesn't last for long.

"It does make people sleepy at first but then as the etoh, or ethanol, is metabolized, people often end up wide awake in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep."

In the end, alcohol leads to maintenance insomnia, or difficulty staying asleep.

The simple answer to this problem is, of course, to avoid alcohol at holiday parties this year. However, moderate use of alcohol several hours before bedtime should not disrupt sleep patterns significantly.

For more tips to get the best night's sleep possible, please visit SleepBetter advice is also available on Twitter and Facebook.

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