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Factory Mattress and Bedroom wants you to get a good night’s sleep and knows that even one of our high quality mattresses may not be enough to provide that. We’ve stumbled on a study that we want to share with you on why alcohol can negatively influence your sleeping pattern. Anyone who drinks knows that it can leave you drowsy. Though it helps you get to sleep faster, it is linked to poor sleep quality. Here is what happens.

1. Interfering Wave Patterns

Usually when you sleep, you experience delta waves. These are slower waves, and they are linked to memory formation and learning. When you drink you activate alpha activity that is usually only active during quiet resting. These interfering waves can negatively impact restorative sleep.

2. Throws off Circadian Rhythm

Drinking sends a lot of chemicals in your body that interfere with this rhythm. When you drink and become drowsy, you brain produces chemicals that make you want to instantly go to sleep. Because of this, you may wake up without getting the rest that your body actually needs.

3. Throws off REM sleep

REM sleep is crucial for restorative sleep. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 

“REM sleep stimulates the brain regions used in learning. This may be important for normal brain development during infancy, which would explain why infants spend much more time in REM sleep than adults (see Sleep: A Dynamic Activity ). Like deep sleep, REM sleep is associated with increased production of proteins. One study found that REM sleep affects learning of certain mental skills. People taught a skill and then deprived of non-REM sleep could recall what they had learned after sleeping, while people deprived of REM sleep could not.”

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