Many people prefer to sleep off the effects of alcohol, but a new study shows that it may not be the answer to recovering from a night of heavy drinking, especially in women.
Research recently conducted by J. Todd Arnedt from the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor found that females who went to bed with the same blood-alcohol content level as males had more trouble sleeping.
Study participants were asked to go to bed for approximately eight hours following the consumption of alcohol. Women who fell asleep were more likely to wake up within the first 20 minutes and find difficulty attempting to go back to bed. However, men slept relatively soundly throughout the evening.
Experts have known about interrupted sleeping patterns as a result of alcohol have been known for years, but this is the first study to find differences between men and women.
Nearly 52 percent of Americans age 18 or older were regular drinkers in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug rehab centers can help individuals who have trouble managing their alcohol consumption on a regular basis.