Health & Fit There is joy ... if you sleep well
4 ways alcohol negatively impacts the quality of your sleep
Alcohol might help you fall asleep, but drinking before bed leads to less restful and restorative sleep. Here's why alcohol and sleep don't mix."When you are taking something artificial to induce sleep, or prolong sleep, such as alcohol, it does not do anything to restore the brain and the body," says Keith Heinzerling, MD, internist and addiction medicine specialist at Providence Saint John's Health Center. "It is not the same good sleep that you would get if you naturally fell asleep without the aid of this sedative.
A team of researchers from the University of British Columbia (Canada) has found that people who do not get enough rest at night are prone to react more acutely to stress and find little joy in positive events.
A good night's sleep is considered to be at least seven hours. Not getting enough rest increases the risk of developing mental health problems and chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
The study’s lead author, health psychologist Nancy Sin, analyzed data from a sample of nearly 2,000 people in the United States. Participants had shared their experiences of positive and negative situations, and their amount of sleep the night before, in daily phone interviews for eight days.
How much sleep you need each night and warning signs that you're not getting enough
Take our quiz to help determine if you're getting enough sleep. If you are sleep deprived some we have some tips that may help.Ashley Ingiosi, a neuroscientist researching sleep at Washington State University, says there are a couple of indicators that you can look out for to determine if you're catching enough zzz's.
It turns out that when people slept less than usual, they reacted to stressful events - arguments, social tensions, work and family stress - with more negative emotions than people who had a better night sleep.
Nancy Sin also found that even when people experience something positive (being hugged a loved one or spending time outdoors), their joy is impaired due to lack of sleep.
The team also noted that people with chronic illnesses who participated in the study were able to respond more positively the next day if they had slept much longer than usual. “For people with chronic illnesses, we have found that longer sleep - compared to usual sleep duration - made it easier to respond to positive experiences the next day,” she explained.
A Public Health Expert Explains How Racism and White Supremacy Negatively Affect Black People's Sleep .
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, it's felt as though Black people have been holding our breath, and it feels as if our collective mourning will never end. We're navigating two pandemics at once, both of which directly impact our livelihood, and they're taking a toll on our well-being. © Getty / PeopleImages A Public Health Expert Explains How Racism and White Supremacy Negatively Affect Black People's Sleep Some of us have lost our appetites due to stress and anxiety.