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Old 03-05-2012, 05:41 AM
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So we did a bit of drinking yesterday. Now I rarely drink anymore, but it seems the last few times, I can't sleep worth a damn ? Anyone else have this problem ?
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YEAH, nobody believes me. I cant sleep not drinking or drinking. I can fall asleep, takes 1/2- 1 hour but i wake up 4 hrs later. SUCKS
Old 03-05-2012, 06:23 AM
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Always sleep much better without the sauce... still only good for 4-5 hours a night
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I normally sleep 4-5 hours a night, usually up 3 time minimum. But the last few times with the sauce, just toss and turn all night. Looks like no more sauce
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Happens to me every once in a while. It's hard to describe, but you can tell right away when it's going to be one of those nights. I typically fall asleep within 5 minutes of my head hitting the pillow, and wake up about 7 1/2 hours later.

But sometimes, after having a few drinks, I will be tired and can't fall asleep. I did notice a few things though. First, Benadryl, which usually makes me sleepy, only makes it worse. I get even more tired and still can't fall asleep. Second, it seems to be related to how well hydrated I am. If I can remember to keep up with drinking water, it lessens the chance of being unable to sleep. Third, my legs start to feel almost itchy. I feel the need to keep moving my legs into different positions, but that only provides temporary relief, like maybe 2 or 3 minutes. It almost feels like the upper half of my body is ready to fall asleep but the bottom half isn't. That's the best I can describe it. Fourth, although I'm normally a sound sleeper, when this is happening I can only stay asleep for a couple of hours at best, and then have to repeat the whole process again.

So for me the trick was staying away from Benadryl during those times, and doing my best to stay as well hydrated as possible. Taking a sip from a water bottle doesn't cut it - I'm talking about downing 32 ounces or more over the course of an hour.
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Benedryl works
Old 03-05-2012, 06:37 AM
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When you drink you should fall asleep faster...and snore louder!
As for sleeping regardless (Buddy), some say exercise will help you out (i.e. deplete energy and make you tired), relieve stress and ease you to sleep BUT make sure you do it at least 4-6 hrs before bed. Who knows if it actually does help. I'm a good sleeper so don't get to try the theory.
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What were you drinking? Cheap beer usually has more sugar. Once the alcohol wears off the sugar is still there and you wake up, that's the restlessness. Mixed drinks w/ a sugary mix, reg. coke, OJ, etc. same effect.
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guinness, but it seems to happen with all booze now. Like i said I don't drink that much to begin with maybe 2 or 3 times a year
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I can fall asleep but not for long. Like last night went to bed at 11:30 fell asleep then 3:45 wide awake and lay there thinking about jobs ect. rather than get up I try to force myself to sleep some more then fall back to sleep about 5:30 am for about an hour and then awake to feel drowsy and crappy.
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Originally Posted by jerseysportfisher View Post
So we did a bit of drinking yesterday. Now I rarely drink anymore, but it seems the last few times, I can't sleep worth a damn ? Anyone else have this problem ?
Rotf....it sounds as if you quit just yesterday. I know what your saying though....same here....
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A few years ago I finally noticed that I didn't sleep near as well after having a few. I'll get tired and can fall asleep a lot easier, but its a restless sleep and wake up every 1/2 hour to hour through the night......stinks.
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It comes from the alcohol converting to sugar.
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Originally Posted by MAXIMUM B View Post
It comes from the alcohol converting to sugar.
Does it go the other way too? If so that would save me a bunch of money. I'll have a double sugar on the rocks.
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I have the same issues with drinking and sleeping. Doesn't help that the drink of choice is Red Bull (Sugar Free) and Vodka.......;?


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Originally Posted by Reelescape1 View Post
Benedryl works
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:18 AM
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Regular beer, booze and wine will knock me down for maybe 2 hours but I'll wake up all stuffy in my nose and end up tossing and turning all night. ;?

Had the pleasure of a shot or 3 of the high end tequila a few weeks ago at a conference and let's just say I slept like a baby all night.
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Originally Posted by Mersiles View Post
I have the same issues with drinking and sleeping. Doesn't help that the drink of choice is Red Bull (Sugar Free) and Vodka.......;?


Switch to vodka and Squirt. My drink of choice. But yes, I experience the same thing with my sleep. Pass right out, but never a good night's sleep.
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Gin makes me hallucinate. I think its the Juniper Berry.

I can usually tell within 30 minutes of falling asleep. Like having a fever.

Next morning is a total fog.
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Originally Posted by jerseysportfisher View Post
Now I rarely drink anymore, but it seems the last few times, I can't sleep worth a damn
Every think about drinking frequently so your body will learn to adjust









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