Insomnia may lead to alcoholism.
Some people who suffer from insomnia tend to believe that regularly drinking alcohol before bedtime will help them fall asleep faster and sleep better, primarily because their bodies are intoxicated.
This increases their tolerance levels against alcohol, thereby also increasing their alcohol intake and the frequency of drinking alcohol throughout the day.
Alcoholism may also lead to insomnia.
Regularly having too much alcohol in the body dehydrates it.
This is why you tend to wake up faster and earlier than usual when you’ve had too much to drink before you slept.
Your mind needs to automatically tell the body to wake up and rehydrate itself, or otherwise it will suffer more serious consequences. You may have also felt that it becomes quite difficult to go back to sleep when this happens.
This is because your mind is trying to remember the things that happened during your drunken stupor and the other things it must tell the body to do, so as to flush out the excess alcohol in your body.
This means you end up with a massive heap of signals in your mind, telling all kinds of info to the different organs of the body. Yes, that’s why you feel confused when this happens, making it difficult for you to sleep again, unless: You get another drink, turning this into a very bad habit.
If you have someone special or a friend who seems to be suffering from alcoholism and insomnia, found below are some tips to help them get rid of these problems for good. If you suspect yourself as a functional alcoholic and realize at this point that your regular drinking binges may actually be the cause of your insomnia, then read on…
Cut down on your drinking. Start by reducing the alcohol you drink each day. Then, reduce the frequency of your drinking binges. You can do these things by keeping yourself preoccupied with other activities.
You can schedule more beneficial activities to do after work, such as regular gym sessions with your friend or spouse, spending a great time with your kids and friends by watching interesting movies at home or playing ball at your yard, or training your dogs to do cool things.
Implementing this into your regular after work calendar of activities will help you to quickly and easily cut down on your drinking binges.
Make a mental list of the other things you enjoy while drinking, so you can formulate ways to still enjoy those other activities even without alcohol. Do you like the company and discussions when you’re drinking with your friends and colleagues?
How about just having a weekly barbeque party or regular poker nights with your buddies at your house or a friend’s house, without alcohol? Can you form a group where you can do lots of interesting things that you can’t enjoy with alcohol, such as regular competitive sports activities?
Start a hobby or another activity with more beneficial returns, so you can avoid drinking. Ever wanted to collect vintage toys or coins? Why not start now?
Need more income to make your life more convenient for you and your family? Why not look for a second job, or start a home business?
These activities have a clear and focused goal attached to it, which will motivate and inspire you to keep doing them on a regular basis. This in turn lessens your free time to drink each day.
If you can’t seem to sleep on the first day you cut down on your drinking, then try to do some physical activities that can exhaust your body before going to bed.
Boxing exercises are good activities that can exhaust almost all muscle groups of the body. Push-ups and curls can also put more strain and stress on different groups of muscles in your body. Being physically exhausted before going to bed will almost always promote restful sleep.
You can also take a shower before sleeping, so your mind and body are conditioned to take a rest after an exhausting set of activities. Do this regularly, and your mind and body will recognize the pattern, allowing you to fall asleep faster and sleep better.
Drink more water during the day, and eat healthy food for dinner. This can also help you avoid alcohol, because your body will be full of water by the time you think about drinking. This will prevent strong urges to drink alcohol. Also, have healthy dinner meals instead of hitting bars to drink alcohol.
This will condition your mind and body to prefer food to alcoholic drinks. You can also try cooking your own dinner meals, because this is an activity that you can enjoy and can also keep you from thinking about drinking alcohol. This can also be exhausting to the mind and body, so you won’t have any problems sleeping.
Doing the tips above can treat and get rid of alcoholism and insomnia, without any ill effects to your mind, to your body, to your career, to your relationships and to your family life. Instead, these pieces of advice can even improve the overall quality of your life. Start eliminating alcoholism and insomnia for good by implementing these tips on a regular basis.