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August 18th, 2004
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People came over for bridge last night. I offered drinks, which consisted of water and wine. One person accepted wine. I didn't want him to be the only one drinking, so I had a little bit myself with dinner. It was a red wine, and I noticed that I got a bit flushed as the evening went on, even though I only had something like 3 ounces.

I got to sleep around midnight. When I woke up, I assume it was some time in the middle of the night, since my pattern lately has been to wake up several times during the night. It was 5:30! I had slept a solid five hours! That hasn't happened in quite some time. I wonder if the wine had anything to do with it, and I wonder if it's worth experimenting with.

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From:magid
Date:August 18th, 2004 05:23 am (UTC)
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Since the wine affected you enough to flush during the evening, I'd assume it would be able to affect your sleep pattern, too.

When I woke up, I assume it was some time in the middle of the night
s/b assumed?

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From:pinkfish
Date:August 18th, 2004 05:33 am (UTC)
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I suppose it is always worth an experiment, but I wouldn't count on it. Most people find that wine affects their sleep patterns, but usually negatively; they sleep fitfully, or wake up early, etc.
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From:docorion
Date:August 18th, 2004 05:57 am (UTC)
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What pinkfish said. There have been actual studies detailing it's detrimental effects on sleep. Consider this, for instance.
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From:jaq
Date:August 18th, 2004 06:14 am (UTC)
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They do say that a glass or two of red wine is beneficial for your heart. I find the odd drink helps me relax, but several makes my sleep quite disturbed.
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From:hrafn
Date:August 18th, 2004 06:29 am (UTC)
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Some people flush more readily than others when they have alcohol. And yeah, what everyone else has said about alcohol as a sleep aid: it _can_ help relax you, but it does affect the overall quality of sleep (though, oddly enough, I tend to feel better rested after a night of booze-fueled sleep, even a restless, disturbed-dreamstate night, than I do after any normal night - not that I recommend doing this).
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