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How does alcohol affect my sleep?

Generally, if you must drink alcohol, you should do it earlier in the day to prevent its effects on sleep. Additionally, small amounts of alcohol (one drink or less) can help to decrease the effect alcohol has on sleep. High quantity of alcohol affects the quality of your sleep; the more you drink the more it will make your sleep fragmented with frequent awakenings. Some common side effects during alcohol-induced sleep include nightmares, headaches, snoring and frequent awakenings. Ultimately if you don't want alcohol to change your sleep patterns, then don't drink it.

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