Why Do You Wake Up So Early After A Night Of Drinking?


Does A Night Of Drinking Always Mean An Early Start?

If you find that a heavy night of drinking always means you are going to wake up stupidly early, you are not alone!

Yes, you may fall asleep super quick but that’s because alcohol is a mild anesthetic. But why don’t you stay asleep and more importantly sleep until lunch – like you planned to do?

First, let’s look at the impacts of alcohol on the physical body and how it connects to your sleep.

Alcohol and sleep are linked

free quit drinking ebook” Alcohol introduces poisons into the human body, which can cause short-term and long-term harm,” explains Dr. Manseur, a specialist pharmacist.

Your body reacts by watering down the toxins, breaking them down, and trying to get them out of your body, ASAP. But if you’re consuming alcohol continuously over a longer period (we’ve all been there), your body cannot eliminate the toxins as rapidly or effectively.

Then, when you get up at the first light, you’re most likely coping with an evil bitch of a hangover.

“Negative effects consist of dehydration, dry mouth, headache, light and sound reactivity, upset stomach, lethargy, sleep deprivation, lightheadedness, muscle cramps, and overall malaise,” he says.

These symptoms surface due to the fact that your body is using its stored supply of vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and other essentials, to assist fight the toxins that have gotten in your body from drinking alcohol.

Extreme dehydration

Extreme dehydration and heavy alcohol consumption actually cause your brain to shrink temporarily, which can pull on the nerves attached to your head and lead to a pounding migraine, Manseur says.

Plus, regular peeing eliminates salt, blood potassium, and other elements and minerals needed for proper nerve, muscle, and fundamental tissue functionality, he adds.

There are a few explanations why you can’t sleep in as late as you ‘d planned to.

Back when I was a drinker I always planned to sleep until lunchtime on Saturday’s and Sunday’s. Of course, come 6 am my bloodshot eyes would blink open and the pain would begin!

Alcohol is poison and your body treats it as such. Part of that emergency response is a disruption to your sleeping routine.

Alcohol Is Poison

“You have two types of shuteye: non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM),” says Manseur.

Rapid Eye Movement is where you enter into a less heavy, dreaming state, and these short intervals are interloped between deeper, NREM sleep, which rejuvenates the body and mind and repairs muscle mass.

Your body undergoes patterns of both kinds throughout the evening, and every time you enter into REM sleep, the period gets lengthier (the first can be just 10 minutes, the last could be almost an hour).

” When you consume alcohol, you actually drop off to sleep quicker and enter into deep sleep quicker,” he states, so your initial bit of sleep might feel incredible.

The Big But

But disruptions to your sleep patterns destroy the organic shift between REM and NREM, and as a result, you do not get as much Rapid Eye Movement. And, actually, research studies show that disrupted sleep actually makes you feel worse in the AM compared to just not getting enough sleep.

While your sober sleep may also be interrupted by the random restroom trips, your intoxicated shut-eye has even more possible interruptions.

Thanks to your system’s attempts to process the liquor while you’re sleeping: A chemical process called glutamine rebound can stimulate your body and wake you up, states Manseur.


It’s one of the most plentiful amino acids in the human body and plays a part in a range of physical functions, including digestive tract health, immune system function, and stress management.

“After surgery, for instance, glutamine is administered to boost the healing process by increasing defense function and reducing inflammation,” claims Manseur.

” When you drink, your body ceases producing glutamine but does not stop using it. When the liquor is finally dumped, your system recognizes it’s lacking glutamine in a major way, and this causes your physical body to rapidly produce and circulate glutamine through the system to make up for the discrepancy,” he says.

This glutamine surge has a stimulatory impact and can wake you up.

Then, there’s that annoying need to urinate at night: “Your bladder is attempting to remove your toxins from the body,” he says.

So, although you may be insanely thirsty, your body might wake you up for several bathroom runs during the evening and early in the early hours in an attempt to eliminate all the poison.

Snoring Like A Pig?

Interestingly enough, you could end up snoring or having breathing concerns, too, which can wake you up:

“The sedative properties of alcohol cause the upper airway to relax, making it more likely a person will snore or even have sleep apnea. This can often interrupt slumber, particularly in the morning hrs,” clarifies Dr. Jeff Ellenbogen, a neurologist and sleep specialist.

All types of drinking alcohol are essentially made from ethanol, and the body breaks that down the same way, regardless of whether it’s gin, lager, or bourbon. So your plans to sleep late may be handicapped no matter what your alcoholic beverage of choice.

Getting Better Sleep

free quit drinking webinarDarker alcohols contain more impurities which are generated in the course of the alcohol fermentation process. These can contribute to the consequences of drinking attractively packaged poison.

Some include methanol, acetone, and tannins. These pollutants give alcohol a darker shade, which is why clear alcohols tend to be purer, states Manseur.

The second best way to have a lengthier, more restful sleep after alcohol consumption is to prepare your body ahead of time.

That means giving it the essential supplements, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and other fundamentals to help combat the incoming poisons.

Of course, the most obvious and sensible way to prevent sleep disruption and all those evil hangovers is to stop drinking completely. If you are ready to start living a happy sober life click here to book your spot on our next free quit drinking webinar.

Craig Beck - The Stop Drinking Expert

About the author: Stop Drinking Expert - Craig Beck ABNLP. ABHYP. DhP. is an internationally renowned, specialist alcohol cessation coach and quit drinking mentor. Using his experience as a former problem drinker, combined with professionals qualifications, accreditations and practice as an addiction therapist, ICF licensed coach, master practitioner of NLP and master hypnotherapist. Independently respected and rated. Not a substitute for professional medical advice.

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