Alcohol and the sleeping brain.

  title={Alcohol and the sleeping brain.},
  author={Ian M. Colrain and Christian Luke Nicholas and Fiona C. Baker},
  journal={Handbook of clinical neurology},
Alcohol acts as a sedative that interacts with several neurotransmitter systems important in the regulation of sleep. Acute administration of large amounts of alcohol prior to sleep leads to decreased sleep-onset latency and changes in sleep architecture early in the night, when blood alcohol levels are high, with subsequent disrupted, poor-quality sleep later in the night. Alcohol abuse and dependence are associated with chronic sleep disturbance, lower slow-wave sleep, and more rapid-eye… CONTINUE READING


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