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8 Things That Happen When You Stop Drinking Alcohol – Men’s Health

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One recent study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Researchf ound drinking before bed increases alpha wave patterns in the brain – a kind of cerebral activity that usually occurs when you’re awake but resting. 

The result? Disrupted sleep.

Another review of 27 studies found that while alcohol may help people fall asleep more quickly and deeply at first, it seriously screws with sleep quality after that initial restful period. 

You might toss an…….

One recent study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Researchf ound drinking before bed increases alpha wave patterns in the brain – a kind of cerebral activity that usually occurs when you’re awake but resting. 

The result? Disrupted sleep.

Another review of 27 studies found that while alcohol may help people fall asleep more quickly and deeply at first, it seriously screws with sleep quality after that initial restful period. 

You might toss and turn at first, but give up alcohol and the sleep you get will likely leave you feeling more refreshed and sharp the next day. 

The byproducts of better sleep: improved mood, concentration, and mental performance, Dr. Raskin says.

Related: 7 Things You Should Never Do If You Need To Fall Back Asleep Fast

According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, alcohol is one of the biggest drivers of overeating.

That may be because alcohol heightens our senses, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity. Researchers found that when people received an alcohol “infusion” equal to about two drinks, they ate 30 percent more food than those who received a saline solution. 

Even mild intoxication can increase your brain activity in the hypothalamus, making you more sensitive to the smell of food and prompting you to eat more.

Related: 5 Things Your Hunger is Trying To Tell You