This article is about alcohol consumption and could be a trigger for some readers.
Lying wide awake at 3am on a Tuesday night, I said to myself: I can’t be the only person who sleeps horribly after drinking.
I had only had a few wines, but by then that was enough to wake me up from anxiety, long before my alarm clock woke me up. I tossed and turned, and my mind raced. I was wondering if I had been drinking a little too much lately.
I searched “how many glasses should I drink in a week?” and I was immediately shocked by what I had read – 10 standard adult drinks and no more than four in a day.
Side note: Here are some of the effects of being alcohol-free for a year. The message continues after the video.
I did a quick calculation of the number of standard drinks I’d had in the past week.
Doing the math in my head, I was clearly drinking well above the recommended recommendations…and I didn’t even realize it. I couldn’t believe the lack of mindfulness with my drinking. Needless to say, I couldn’t get back to sleep that night.
The next day, I skipped my gym session and dragged myself to work, exhausted, my eyes bloodshot.
I started to realize that I was feeling more and more tired – I was skipping the gym, which used to be a top priority.
My face was puffy and my skin didn’t glow like it used to. My anxiety had really increased and more often than not stayed until I had a drink.
I felt less confident at work and avoided looking at myself in the mirror.
It suddenly became crystal clear: this was all probably the result of my drinking and if I didn’t do anything about it, it would continue to affect me more and more.