Alcoholism affects sleep even after long periods of abstinence for both men and women.
According to the authors, having less deep, slow wave sleep and even more light, stage 1 sleep is usually reflective of poorer rest quality, which could act as an exacerbating element in alcoholics’ cognitive decline. Although women had better sleep efficiency and fewer wake intervals than men, no significant interactions between sex and alcoholism analysis were found for any measures. This suggests that women show the same general pattern of alcoholism-related sleep adjustments as males. (more…)