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The Effects of Alcohol on Your Sleep

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: Many people are unaware that drinking alcohol before bedtime can exacerbate sleep problems.
Air Date: 2/4/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Jacob Teitelbaum, MD
Jacob Teitelbaum head shotJacob Teitelbaum, MD, is lead author on several studies showing effective treatment for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is a board certified internist and Medical Director of the national Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers and Chronicity. He is author of the popular free iPhone application "Cures A-Z," and author of the best-selling book From Fatigued to Fantastic! (Avery/Penguin Group), Pain Free 1-2-3 (McGraw-Hill), Three Steps to Happiness: Healing Through Joy (Deva Press 2003), Beat Sugar Addiction NOW! (Fairwinds Press, 2010), and his newest book Real Cause, Real Cure (Rodale Press, July 15, 2011). Dr. Teitelbaum knows CFS/fibromyalgia as an insider — he contracted CFS when he was in medical school and had to drop out for a year to recover. In the ensuing 25 years, he has dedicated his career to finding effective treatment.

Dr. Teitelbaum does frequent media appearances including Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News Channel, the Dr. Oz Show and Oprah & Friends.

He is the lead author of groundbreaking "gold standard" research on effective treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, which was published in the Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, volume 8, number 2 in 2001. In April 2002, he was editorialized in the Journal of the American Academy of Pain Management, where his integrative treatment protocol was recognized as "standard of practice" for chronic pain conditions.
The Effects of Alcohol on Your Sleep
Using alcohol to get to sleep isn't a new concept. Many of us think that a nightcap at the end of the evening helps us relax and unwind from a stressful day.

But, in fact, consuming alcohol near bedtime can have a powerful, negative impact on your quality, and quantity, of sleep.

Dr. Teitelbaum, MD discusses how alcohol influences your sleep, and provides suggestions for sleeping well without the nightcap habit.

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