Red wine is alleged to have numerous health benefits, from increasing the level of good cholesterol to improve heart health and even fight against the effects of aging. Recent research suggests that a moderate amount of red wine in the evening can provide benefits to sleep
Researchers at. Milan University have found that red wine can help people sleep. Any alcohol, which is a central nervous system depressants, can help people sleep. The wine, however, more than any other alcohol, contains a chemical that can help people unwind at the end of a long day, and better quality of sleep.
The chemical is melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone produced naturally in the body. The body’s production of melatonin is related to the amount of sun that a person is exposed. After being produced, it is released in the body as a way to inform the body that it’s time to sleep. Drinking red wine between one and one and a half hour before bedtime helps to stimulate your body to sleep.
Some wines tested in the Italian study had more of the active sleep hormone melatonin than others. The highest melatonin levels are found in Nebbiolo grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon has very high levels-75 times melatonin in Cabernet Franc. High levels are also found in Sangiovese, Croatina, Merlot and Barbera grapes.
While melatonin in red wine helps your body to begin to sleep, skeptics point out that the quality of sleep can be worse because of alcohol. Tyramine, for example, an amino acid in all fermented beverages, associated with headache and can trigger migraine. Not to mention that drinking something right before bedtime can interrupt sleep and use the bathroom.
Although it may be sleep benefits of moderate wine consumption, the professors who conducted the study does not advocate heavy drinking. In fact, while excessive consumption of red wine one night can help you fall asleep, chronic abuse of all types of alcohol can induce sleep disorders and disturbances, and even less psychotic and affective disorders.