Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that using alcohol to fall asleep may actually be keeping people awake.
Dr. Mahesh Thakkar is a professor and neurology researcher at the MU School of Medicine. He’s been studying alcohol’s affect on human sleep for many years. He says that 20 percent of US adults have used alcohol - at some point - to help them fall asleep.
But, he said, “it is a pseudo-sleeping drug. It will produce sleep for a very short time, but then it will keep you awake all night.”