It’s long been known that alcohol can deepen sleep during the early part of the night but disrupt sleep later in the night, something called the “rebound effect.” But there’s been little research into how alcohol’s effects on sleep may differ in women and men.
This study included 59 women and 34 men in their 20s who consumed either alcohol until they were drunk or a non-alcoholic beverage before they went to bed. Researchers then monitored the participants’ sleep.
What you read is correct. However, women metabolize alcohol less efficiently than men due to lower quantities of a critical liver enzyme. This causes them to feel equal effects with less alcohol intake. I suspect this issue is related.
I didn’t know alcohol affected women’s sleep more than men’s, but I did see some new research claiming that alcohol inhibits restorative sleep in both genders.
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