Trouble Sleeping? Alcohol may be a Culprit, Cautions Chapters Capistrano

While some people turn to alcohol as a way to relax, unwind, and drift off to sleep, they may actually be doing more harm than good, says Chapters Capistrano.

Sleep is an integral part of maintaining good health. It allows the body to recharge and recover from the day’s activities. When people are not getting adequate sleep, they may become irritable, exhausted, depressed, and make poor decisions. Although the calming effects of alcohol may seem like a good idea to promote sleep, it can actually disrupt effective sleep patterns and leave people feeling more tired.Chapters Capistrano, a San Diego rehab facility, has released a statement to the press regarding the impact of alcohol on sleep and overall health.

“It is not uncommon to hear people say they unwind with a drink after a long day,” says Susie Shea, co-owner of the drug and alcohol rehab center. “Alcohol can make them feel more relaxed and tired, meaning they fall asleep more quickly. But what they don’t realize is that their sleep is not as restful or beneficial as it would be if they were sober. It may be easier to fall asleep, but it’s harder to stay soundly asleep.”

The body has a natural circadian rhythm that regulates sleep cycles. The brain shifts from lighter to deeper stages of sleep and back again throughout the night. But when alcohol is involved, this cycle is disrupted. According to Shape, alcohol causes the body to slip into a deeper sleep more quickly, but then transitions to lighter sleep. The result? “You’re more likely to wake up during the night, toss and turn, and generally sleep poorly in the early morning hours after drinking,” notes the article.

“This can start a dangerous cycle,” says Shea. “If you’re drinking to fall asleep but then are dealing with the consequences of poor sleep the next day, it can drive you to drink even more as a coping mechanism. Some people may also start to feel as though they can’t fall asleep without the help of alcohol, especially if they are struggling with sleep disorders such as insomnia.”

Shea recommends that before turning to alcohol, people try a more natural approach to improving their sleep. This includes maintaining a regular sleeping and waking schedule (even on weekends) to get the body into a familiar routine, turning off electronics at least 30 minutes before bed, engaging in physical activity during the day to naturally relax and tire the body, and cutting back on caffeine which is a stimulant. Incorporating these practices can help sleep to come more easily without the use of drugs or alcohol.

“If you find that you do rely heavily on drinking as a way to fall asleep or cope with stress, it may be time to seek help,” says Shea. “Ultimately you are doing more harm than good to your body, and there are much healthier and effective ways of dealing with these situations. Detoxing your body from alcohol and engaging in a drug and alcohol treatment program can get you back on track and feeling better. At Chapters Capistrano, we can work with you to address your individual needs and create healthier routines.”


Chapters Capistrano is a luxury drug and alcohol treatment center located in the city of San Clemente in Orange County, California, with two beautiful ocean-view homes. Specializing in all types of substance abuse, Chapters offers flexible treatment programs that are designed to offer greater confidence in addiction recovery. With a thorough approach to detox, counseling and mental health, this center has delivered many success stories. In addition to offering alternative approaches to conventional recovery, Chapters is also recognized for providing guest comfort with exceptional accommodations, private rooms and cell and laptop allowance. Those searching to begin a new “Chapter” in addiction recovery are encouraged to contact the facility today.

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Contact Person: Marvin Kimble
Phone: 949-287-8248
Address:1525 Buena Vista
City: San Clemente
State: CA
Country: United States