I have picked 3 astonishing things that happen when you give up alcohol. Why these three? Because, these are the three main benefits I found as a result reducing my alcohol intake. In my previous post I discussed 10 tips for reducing alcohol intake and right off the cusp of that post, I thought these 3 astonishing things that happen when you give up alcohol would be the most appropriate. So here we go with number 1.
You will sleep better
You probably always heard that a night cap will help you nod off much quicker, and this can be true, in today’s culture people often have a so called ‘night cap’. But have you noticed that soon after you nod-off you are turning and twisting in bed, you can feel hot and then too cold and feel somehow disturbed in sleep. This is the true effects of alcohol on your sleep.
In fact according to Irshaad Ebrahim a researcher and medical director at The London Sleep Centre in the U.K,“Alcohol may seem to be helping you to sleep, as it helps induce sleep, but overall it is more disruptive to sleep, particularly in the second half of the night, “…Alcohol also suppresses breathing and can precipitate sleep apnea,” or pauses in breathing that happen throughout the night.”
You will get closer to that beach body you always wanted
Have you noticed, you are not eating more than before, but yet you have an extra layer of fat. It’s what I call one of the free prize at the bottom of each glass of beer, or your beverage of choice. And working out will not compensate for any alcohol intake, “because alcohol is a diuretic, drinking too much can lead to dehydration because the alcohol makes your kidney produce more urine. Exercising soon after drinking alcohol can make this dehydration worse because you sweat as your body temperature rises. Combined, sweating and the diuretic effect of exercise make dehydration much more likely” according to the drinkaware website, (see sources below).
You Get Time Back
How you can get time back? Well alcohol actually, I found, steals away time from you, when you have to go to work or be productive the next day. Have you not found it:
- Difficult to concentrate?
- You feel terrible?
- Have a hangover?
- Possible stomach pains?
- You just want the day to finish so you can go home?
What a waste and over a week you can lose up to day of doing something useful with your time. You can have that back!