Sedation is not sleep: When we drink alcohol at night, it merely sedates us
Dr. Matthew Walker discusses how alcohol is the most misunderstood sleep aid. Even though we feel tired after drinking, It's harming our sleep.
Alcohol is in a class of drugs that we call sedatives. And sedation is not sleeping, but when we've had a drink in the evening, we mistake the former for the latter. Also, there is a drastic difference when you look at the brain scans of sleeping while sober and with alcohol.