Alcohol Experiment update
by, August 2nd, 2009 at 10:04 AM (576 Views)
- July 14th was the last day I had any alcohol.
- July 30th I was supposed to have a vasectomy, and was not supposed to have alcohol or any blood thinning medications for 7 days prior, which was the original motivation for this experiment.
- July 29th my vasectomy was rescheduled to August 14th
- July 31st and August 1st, two interesting data points were added to the experiment.
For 16 days, I had very good sleep except for one night I had trouble falling asleep. That day I had 2 espressos and 3 cups of dunkin doughnuts coffee (no doughnuts, just black coffee), 2 glasses of coke at lunch and maybe a pepsi at dinner. My normal caffeine intake is limited to 2 espressos in the morning, no additional coffee and no soda, so this day was very over the top for me.
I opened a bottle of wine Friday, had 3 glasses*, then 2 more Saturday night. Both nights my sleep was on the restless side and was distinctly worse than what had been normal the prior two weeks. Wine appears to make my sleep shallower, so I wake up more easily (say if my wife rolls over), and I think it also elongates my sleep cycle, so when the swimming alarm goes off, I am mid cycle and groggy instead of end of cycle and ready to get up.
The major results are in, wine does affect my sleep. Going forward, I am limiting my alcohol to the weekend. After my surgery, I might try having wine with lunch on Saturday and see if that affects my sleep Saturday night.
No more alcohol for me for another 3 weeks at least. I am worried what all this clean living is going to do to me. Am I going to start craving alfalfa sprouts?
* In my book, a glass of wine is 5 oz, there are 5 glasses of wine to a bottle (750ml bottle with 5oz = 148ml). Also, 5 oz of wine has the same alcohol as 12 oz of beer (on average).