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A new research study published in the online journal SLEEP, found that frequent binge drinking may cause insomnia in older adults. The results spoke for themselves. It was revealed that if a study participant binged on an average of more than two days a week, he or she had an 84% greater chance of reporting an insomnia symptom compared to non-binge drinkers.

The research included 4,970 adults ages 55 and older who told the researchers they had consumed alcohol. The study’s participants reported the number of days on which they had “four or more drinks on one occasion” in the past three months.

During the study, the participants found they had difficulties falling and staying asleep and felt unrested and groggy in the morning. If these symptoms were reported “most of the time” the participants were considered to have an insomnia issue.

“Clinicians and health care providers should be aware of and discuss the use of alcohol with their older patients, particularly those who report poor sleep. Binge drinking behaviors may be an appropriate target for improving poor sleep,” said lead author Sarah Canham, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in Drug Dependence Epidemiology, John Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Mental Health in Baltimore, Md.

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