• Mattresses
    Product ID does not exist. Please relink menu item.

    Model 1

    • 100% Organic Cotton
    • 6" of 100% Natural Latex
    • Flippable
    • From $1,359.00
    • Fawcett Model 1 Natural Talalay Latex Mattress

    Model 2

    • 9" of 100% Natural Latex
    • Flippable
    • Upper & Lower Components
    • From $2,149.00

    Model C(rib)

    • 100% Organic Cotton
    • 3" 100% Natural Latex
    • Non-Off Gassing
    • From $299.00

    Yacht & RV Mattresses

    • 100% Natural Latex
    • 6" Latex Core
    • Healthy & Naturally Hypoallergenic
    • From $1,000.00
    Product ID does not exist. Please relink menu item.

    Model 6

    • 2" 100% Natural Latex
    • 5 Firmness Options
    • Non-Off Gassing
    • From $899.00
    • M6 Mattress Front View

    Model 7

    • 3" 100% Natural Latex
    • 5 Firmness Options
    • Hand Tufted
    • From $1,549.00
    • Fawcett Model 7 Hybrid Mattress

    Model 8

    • 2" of 100% Natural Latex on each side
    • 6" High Count Pocket Coil Spring
    • Flippable
    • From $1,749.00

    Model 9

    • 3" Natural Talalay Latex Topper
    • 8" High Count Pocket Coil Spring
    • Side Specific Option
    • From $1,959.00
    • M9 Hybrid Mattress
    Product ID does not exist. Please relink menu item.

    2" Multi Stretch Mattress Topper

    • 2" 100% Natural Latex
    • Easy to Ship
    • Multi-stretch Cotton Zip Cover
    • From $499.00
    • 3 inch multi-stretch organic cotton mattress topper

    3 Inch Multi Stretch Mattress Topper

    • 3" 100% Natural Latex
    • Easy to Ship
    • Multi-stretch Cotton Zip Cover
    • From $599.00
    • 3 inch multi-stretch organic cotton mattress topper

    Fawcett Premium 3" Mattress Topper

    • 100% Organic Cotton
    • 3" 100% Natural Latex
    • Hand Sewn In Victoria BC
    • From $799.00
    • fawcett custom 100% natural latex mattress topper

    Model 1

    • 100% Organic Cotton
    • 6" of 100% Natural Latex
    • Flippable
    • From $1,359.00
    • Fawcett Model 1 Natural Talalay Latex Mattress
  • Furniture
    Product ID does not exist. Please relink menu item.

    Christen Bed

    • Italian Wood Base
    • Minimalistic Design
    • Small Footprint
    • From $2,195.00
    • Christen Bed

    Niloc Bed

    • Choice of Fabrics
    • Minimalist Design
    • Suitable for taller people
    • From $2,095.00

    Space Bed

    • 9 " of Storage Space
    • Adjustable Metal Legs
    • Natural Latex & Wool Padding
    • From $2,560.00
    • space bed showing lift capability

    Slant Bed

    • Choice of Fabrics
    • Italian Wood Base
    • Tufted Headboard
    • From $3,345.00
    • slant bed and stema frame

    Float Bed

    • Add Night Tables & Lamps
    • Gorgeous Aesthetic
    • Low Profile Design
    • From $3,449.00
    Product ID does not exist. Please relink menu item.

    S-Cape 2.0 Adjustable Bed

    • Adjustable Legs
    • Backlit capacitive-touch remote
    • Snore Button
    • From $1,899.00
    • S-Cape 2.0 adjustable Leggett & Platt bed

    S-Cape 2.0 + Adjustable Bed

    • Dual full-body massage
    • Wireless & App Remote
    • From $1,969.00
    • S-Cape 2.0 adjustable Leggett & Platt bed

    Prodigy Adjustable Bed 2.0 +

    • Dual full-body massage
    • Pillow-tilt articulation
    • Return to "flat"
    • From $3,589.00
    • prodigy 2.0 model leggett & platt adjustable bed partially articulated without a mattress

    Prodigy Comfort Elite Adjustable Bed

    • Dual full-body massage
    • Lumbar support
    • Snore Button
    • From $3,639.00
    • Prodigy leggett & platt adjustable bed side view, articulated
    Product ID does not exist. Please relink menu item.

    Fawcett Italian Slatted Base

    • Adjustable Suspension Slats
    • Exceptional Customized Support
    • Freestanding Frame
    • From $999.00
    • Fawcett Designed Italian Bed Base

    Stema Italian Slatted Base

    • Beechwood Suspension Slats
    • Metal Frame
    • Various Leg Options
    • From $499.00
    • Italian Beechwood Bed Base - Stema Frame

    Model 1

    • 100% Organic Cotton
    • 6" of 100% Natural Latex
    • Flippable
    • From $1,359.00
    • Fawcett Model 1 Natural Talalay Latex Mattress
  • Pillows
    Product ID does not exist. Please relink menu item.

    Natural Talalay Latex Low Loft

    • 33% More Pressure Relief
    • Earth Friendly
    • Healthy & Naturally Hypoallergenic
    • From $99.00
    • Fawcett Natural Talalay Latex Pillow Low Loft

    Natural Talalay Latex High Loft

    • 33% More Pressure Relief
    • Earth Friendly
    • Healthy & Naturally Hypoallergenic
    • From $99.00
    • Fawcett Natural Talalay Latex High Loft Pillow

    Natural Talalay Latex Chipped Pillow

    • Hypo Allergenic
    • Naturally Antimicrobial & Mite Resistant
    • Naturally Breathable & Cooler Sleeping
    • From $99.00
    • Fawcett Natural Talalay Latex Bliss Chipped Pillow

    Kouchini Moulded Latex Pillow

    • 100% Natural Latex
    • Optimal Neck Support
    • Suitable for all sleep positions
    • From $92.00
    • Kouchini Moulded Latex Pillow

    Portier & Dunn Down Pillow

    • 300 thread count long staple cotton shell
    • Downmark Certified Down
    • Machine washable SoLoft™
    • From $119.00
    • Portier & Dunn Down Pillow

    Kouchini Wool Pillow

    • 100% Certified Woolmark Wool
    • Machine Washable
    • Temperature Regulating
    • From $69.00
    • Kouchini Wool Pillow

    Model 1

    • 100% Organic Cotton
    • 6" of 100% Natural Latex
    • Flippable
    • From $1,359.00
    • Fawcett Model 1 Natural Talalay Latex Mattress
  • Bedding
    Product ID does not exist. Please relink menu item.

    Fawcett Organic Cotton Sheets

    • 100% Organic Cotton
    • 300 Thread Count
    • OEKO-TEX & GOTS Certified
    • From $99.00
    • fawcett organic cotton percale sheet set

    Fawcett Organic Cotton Pillow Shams

    • From $39.00

    St Geneve Sheet Set

    • 240 Thread Count
    • Fabric Woven in Israel
    • Long Staple Cotton
    • From $318.00
    • St Geneve Sheet Set
    Product ID does not exist. Please relink menu item.

    Canadian White Duck Down

    • From $379.00
    • portier dunn canadian down duvet

    Kouchini Wool Duvet

    • 100% Organic Cotton Outer
    • Hypo Allergenic
    • OKEO Tex 100 Certified Organic Cotton
    • From $109.00
    • Kouchini Wool Duvet
    Product ID does not exist. Please relink menu item.

    Kouchini Wool Mattress Protector

    • 100% Certified Woolmark Wool
    • Machine Washable
    • Temperature Regulating
    • From $99.00
    • Kouchini Wool Mattress Protector

    St. Dormeir Wool Mattress Protector

    • 100% Terry Cotton Cover
    • 100% Virgin Wool Fill
    • Pure New Zealand Wool
    • From $134.00
    • St Dormeir Mattress Protector

    Protect A Bed Mattress Protector

    • Hypoallergenic Bamboo
    • Maximum Air Permeability
    • Waterproof Miracle Membrane
    • From $30.00
    Product ID does not exist. Please relink menu item.

    Kouchini Wool Pillow Protector

    • Hypo Allergenic
    • OKEO Tex 100 Certified Organic Cotton
    • Woolmark Certified Wool
    • From $35.00
    • Kouchini Wool Pillow Protector

    St. Dormier Wool Pillow Protector

    • 100% Bamboo Rayon Fabric
    • 100% Terry Cotton Cover
    • 100% Virgin Wool Fill
    • From $67.00
    • St Dormeir Pillow Protector

    Protect a Bed Pillow Protector

    • Hypoallergenic Bamboo
    • Maximum Air Permeability
    • Waterproof Miracle Membrane
    • From $30.00
    • waterproof pillow protector bamboo

    Model 1

    • 100% Organic Cotton
    • 6" of 100% Natural Latex
    • Flippable
    • From $1,359.00
    • Fawcett Model 1 Natural Talalay Latex Mattress
  • Reviews +
    Product ID does not exist. Please relink menu item.
    Product ID does not exist. Please relink menu item.
    Product ID does not exist. Please relink menu item.
    Product ID does not exist. Please relink menu item.
    Product ID does not exist. Please relink menu item.

    Model 1

    • 100% Organic Cotton
    • 6" of 100% Natural Latex
    • Flippable
    • From $1,359.00
    • Fawcett Model 1 Natural Talalay Latex Mattress

Your Cart  

 0 Items
Close

Does alcohol affect sleep?

by | Better Sleep, Health

A Common Tempting Solution?

When counting sheep isn’t enough to help you fall asleep, having a nightcap may seem like a tempting solution. Alcohol’s sedative properties make it an attractive choice to help you doze off quickly, but what happens throughout the night? Does alcohol affect sleep?

Using alcohol as a sleep aid may actually be a hindrance. In fact, according to a review of 27 sleep studies it does not improve sleep quality.

Consuming alcohol before bed disrupts your circadian rhythm, lowers the quality of your sleep and influences your health. Before you crack open a beer or pour a glass of wine, get an idea of how it will effect your good night’s sleep.

Why does alcohol help you fall asleep?

Treating yourself to an evening beverage can help you relax and settle in for the night. Alcohol is a depressant that seems initially stimulating but later becomes sedating. Although it’s a relief to fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow, the quality of sleep to follow will not be up to par.

girl drinking wine

Circadian rhythm disruption

Your circadian rhythm, also known as your body’s biological clock, sets the stage for many essential bodily functions. Alcohol inhibits this natural rhythm, making it difficult to adjust between periods of sleep and activity.

While having a few drinks before bed seems to put you into a deep sleep, it is often followed by periods of wakefulness throughout the night.

Disruptions in your circadian rhythm can leave you tossing and turning in the early morning hours, reducing the quality of your sleep.

The rhythm runs on a 24-hour cycle and determines activity level, affects metabolism and appetite, and influences behavior. What if your craving for pizza or skipping the gym actually stemmed from the drink you had the night before?

Even if you only consume alcohol occasionally, studies show that the effects on your circadian rhythm may lasts for days.

Lack of REM sleep

REM (rapid eye movement) sleep occurs intermittently throughout the night, comprising about 20-25% of your total sleep time. This is the restorative stage of sleep and is also when dreaming occurs.

Alcohol is shown to reduce the percent of time you spend in REM sleep. The amount of time lost correlates with how heavy your consumption was.

REM sleep is essential for improving memory function, concentration, and motor skills, so don’t let a nightcap rob you of your time in dreamland.

Breaking the Seal. Yes, Bathroom Breaks.

If you’ve ever been bothered by having to get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, adding few drinks to the equation won’t help. Besides the obvious increase in fluid intake, alcohol is also a diuretic.

Alcohol’s effect on the antidiuretic hormone (ADH), also known as arginine vasopressin, is to blame for bar bathroom lines or dreaded tailgating port-o-potty visits” 

A satisfying sleep lasts all night without you being disturbed every few hours.

Can you have your drink and sleep well too?

If you’re not quite willing to part with your evening cocktail, (because we can tell you –  we’re not!) then there’s a few tips to keep in mind. “Happy hour” isn’t just known for its afternoon specials, it’s also the best time of evening to indulge in a drink and still sleep like a baby.

Leaving at least 3 hours between consumption and bedtime allows your body ample time to metabolize the alcohol and reduces the negative impact on sleep. Keep the saying “everything in moderation” in mind and only indulge in one drink.

Remember, the ill effects of alcohol increase the more you consume. It is always helpful to create the ideal sleeping environment by reducing light pollution at night and allowing natural sunlight when it is time to wake up.

So in Summary; Alcohol does affect your sleep

Consuming alcohol before going to bed influences what happens while you sleep. Anyone who likes to enjoy an evening drink should consider the following when doing so:

  • Alcohol helps you fall asleep faster
  • But, it throws off your circadian rhythms
  • Alcohol hinders sufficient REM sleep
  • It can cause negative mental and physical health effects
  • It often increases overnight bathroom breaks

And there you have it. Honestly, we’re not super excited about the outcome of this topic we’ve investigated. But, it’s hard to dispute the information.

Our strategy (maybe not right for you – check with your Dr. ) but we like the sound of a drink in the afternoon, followed by water and getting our bodies ready for a good night sleep.

Interested in other articles related to sleep and health? Check them out here;

Our favourite so far is the one on Telemeres & Genetics.

See More Popular Reads

Subscribe for special offers and a better night’s sleep.
(and $50 off your first mattress or bed!)

Don’t worry. We won’t spam you, and you can unsubscribe at any time.