You may think that a little night-cap might help you get a better night’s sleep, but it actually does the opposite.

Although after a glass of wine or two you feel drowsy and may fall to sleep quickly, during the second half of your sleep after REM, your pattern is disrupted and the likelihood to suffer from apnea, sleepwalk or sleep talk is more and thus decreases sleep quality.

Over a period of time, the lack of sleep quality in your lifestyle will have ramifications over your mood and health.

Lack of sleep can even ruin our gut health and increase weight gain.

Research shows just TWO nights of insufficient sleep causes a drop in beneficial gut bacteria – contributing to indigestion, bloating, gas and acid reflux.

“Further, this study also found changes in sugar sensitivity: meaning that when sleep deprived, you’re more likely to crave sugar, yet feel less satisfied when you have it,” Sleep expert Olivia Arezollo says.

“Conversely, another study found that those with higher sleep quality were more likely to have a healthier gut function – so for those seeking improve functioning of their delicate microbiome, sleep is science based strategy to achieve it,” she adds.

Another study showed that our circadian rhythm, or internal clock that regulates our body functions also affects the rhythm of our gut microbes too.

As a consequence, sleep deprivation can put our appetite out of balance and cause weight gain as it decreases our satiety hormone leptin and decreases our hunger hormone ghrelin.

This means we’re likely to eat more when we’re tired and unrested.

So does this mean every time we have a drink, we’ve effectively ruined our sleep? Not necessarily.

If you have a drink in the evening, do so at least four hours before bed and you’ll find that your sleep cycle won’t be disrupted.