drinking to cure insomnia

  • whytehot

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    Jan 11, 2013 6:53 AM GMT
    ...suggested a friend at work. Beats medication I guess right? And I'm a lightweight, so it only takes a couple beers to get sleepy.

    Any potential negatives? Will I get fat lol?
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    Jan 11, 2013 6:55 AM GMT
    whytehot said...suggested a friend at work. Beats medication I guess right? And I'm a lightweight, so it only takes a couple beers to get sleepy.

    Any potential negatives? Will I get fat lol?
    I have insomnia...It will not work...Just take a pill its actually healthier then ruining your liver
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    Jan 11, 2013 6:57 AM GMT
    Alcohol disrupts your sleep cycle. You will get drowsy, but the quality of your sleep will be worse. I don't recommend it. You can try over-the-counter sleeping pills or see a doctor.
  • whytehot

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    Jan 11, 2013 7:00 AM GMT
    it's not a chronic thing for me, just that i haven't adjusted to the time difference after vacationing in hawaii. Damn that friend at work!
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    Jan 11, 2013 7:07 AM GMT
    Melatonin.

    It's natural, non-addictive, cheap and it'll knock you out in 30 min. Works like a charm for me.
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    Jan 11, 2013 7:14 AM GMT
    Potential negatives of drinking?? Yeah, it's called addiction! Ever see what happens to someone who gets addicted to alcohol and withdraws from it? They get the shakes and start to see bugs on the wall.
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 11, 2013 7:18 AM GMT
    whytehot said...suggested a friend at work. Beats medication I guess right? And I'm a lightweight, so it only takes a couple beers to get sleepy.

    Any potential negatives? Will I get fat lol?


    You should really try something else. This does not sound like a good plan.
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    Jan 11, 2013 11:37 AM GMT
    Sounds like a reciepe for addiction
  • calibro

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    Jan 11, 2013 12:39 PM GMT
    whytehot saidit's not a chronic thing for me, just that i haven't adjusted to the time difference after vacationing in hawaii. Damn that friend at work!


    then you don't have insomnia. you have jet lag. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 11, 2013 12:53 PM GMT
    I've been drinking to "cure" insomnia for a little over a year now.

    It doesn't actually cure it, but it does help you go to sleep when you need to get up early. And it's much more effective than meds.

    The only drawback is that your alcohol tolerance will slowly increase, requiring more and more for the same effect.

    And no, you won't get fat...as long as you stay very active and have an otherwise healthy diet.
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    Jan 11, 2013 1:11 PM GMT
    just smoke weed much more effective and less side effects than alcohol
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    Jan 11, 2013 1:13 PM GMT
    calibro said
    whytehot saidit's not a chronic thing for me, just that i haven't adjusted to the time difference after vacationing in hawaii. Damn that friend at work!


    then you don't have insomnia. you have jet lag. icon_rolleyes.gif


    As always, Calibro is right.
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    Jan 11, 2013 1:20 PM GMT
    DudeInNOVA saidAlcohol disrupts your sleep cycle. You will get drowsy, but the quality of your sleep will be worse. I don't recommend it. You can try over-the-counter sleeping pills or see a doctor.

    True. Alcohol can make you drowsy, but the quality of sleep may not be good, leaving you still tired when you awake. And you can find it harder to get going the next morning, sluggish and dragging, if not having an actual hangover. Your work quality can be impaired, and your bosses may be able to read the drinking on your face, usually not a good thing for your reputation. I might even suspect the motives of a fellow worker who suggests drinking in order to sleep.
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    Jan 11, 2013 1:23 PM GMT
    Buy a kickass mattress. I'm moving to a new city next week, splashing out on a damn sexy bed I'm hoping to get a LOT of use of
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    Jan 11, 2013 5:23 PM GMT
    A glass of wine is always a positive. It might help some but don't think of it as a cure. Getting completely trashed at night just to fall asleep seems a little unhealthy. Try the pills or go get it checked out if it's serious. But if it's jetlag, then don't worry about it. Just give it time.
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    Jan 11, 2013 5:29 PM GMT
    this sounds like a dumb idea...
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    Jan 11, 2013 5:53 PM GMT
    I might do it once in a while, but not as a daily habit.

    As for major time-zone shifts, I'm usually so exhausted when I arrive that I just go to bed and stay there around the clock until the next morning. Then I'm more or less in synch.
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    Jan 11, 2013 6:13 PM GMT
    Drinking will help you pass out, the thing is you'll face something more terrible than insomnia and that is being an alcoholic... I can't imagine someone giving another person advice to drink more alcohol...

    Did you recently quit an energetic activity?
    Did you tried running once every 2-3 days?

    Edit: I just read it's jetlag lol
    Then I suggest you should try to skip a day of sleep and go to bed on time, it works for me..
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    Jan 11, 2013 6:18 PM GMT
    Chronic heavy drinking without breaks during the week will actually cause insomnia if not make an already existing condition worse. You need melatonin. If you really like drinking take at least a 2-3 day break a week to give your body time to normalize and assimilate nutrition. Drinking with every meal and every night is a recipe for long-term disaster. Heavy alcohol intake will actually make you malnourished over time because your body's focus will constantly be on metabolizing the alcohol instead of making sure your body is absorbing and using the nutrition from your food.

    Drinking is fun and it adds to the quality of life, but you also need balance otherwise you'll spiral out of control and instead of you using alcohol to give you a good time the alcohol will just control your life and you'll end up far from having a good time.

    Drinking every day doesn't necessarily make you an alcoholic but over a long period of time it is detrimental to the health. Balance is the key.
  • whytehot

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    Jan 12, 2013 12:15 AM GMT
    Oh, i'm at no risk of being an alcoholic. I barely enjoy it even in social settings, let alone by myself.

    Vanilla saidbeating off generally helps me fall asleep.


    But then you have to go to the bathroom and clean up and walk back to bed...?
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    Jan 12, 2013 12:35 AM GMT
    It's not good to drink to cure your insomia. Let your mind free of worries before sleeping and it's better that you consult a sleep therapist to find out if insomia is a symptom of diseases whether psychiatric or medical. It's slwsys better to consult. icon_eek.gif
  • LJay

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    Jan 12, 2013 12:35 AM GMT
    Once in a while I have a couple of drinks when I am frustrated about not sleeping, but it does not really help the sleeping. You simply tend to fall asleep and wake up later.

    Jetlag: Try getting outside as much as possible. It will help our daily rhythms to reset themselves. Usually settles in a couple of days.
  • whytehot

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    Jan 13, 2013 7:12 PM GMT
    ^^On the contrary, I tend to wake up extra early, the morning after drinking. Except that I suddenly get tired mid-way through the day.

    it's been almost a week already!
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    Jan 13, 2013 7:15 PM GMT
    While alcohol will make yo sleepy it has a few downsides. Particularly it interferes with breathing. You are better off with something like Benedryl or something like Tylenol PM.
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    Mar 03, 2013 3:20 PM GMT
    whytehot said...suggested a friend at work. Beats medication I guess right? And I'm a lightweight, so it only takes a couple beers to get sleepy.

    Any potential negatives? Will I get fat lol?


    A common myth is that alcohol helps you to sleep. Not!

    Read up on this.

    You're better off learning to do some relaxation exercises upon retiring if you have trouble falling asleep.