Beyond bed spins: Now we know why boozy snoozing is bad for slumber

January 16, 2015 9:01 PM

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Beyond bed spins: Now we know why boozy snoozing is bad for slumber

When the Sandman evades us, some may slurp wine or maybe whiskey to hasten their Zzs. While experts have known for years that pre-slumber alcohol causes poor sleep, researchers finally reveal why: drinking interrupts our brain waves as we doze.

The proof? Test subjects imbibed then headed to bed at a sleep lab. To measure the electrical activity in their brains, the volunteers hit the sack wearing electrodes on their scalps—a test known as an electroencephalogram (EEG).

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