A 38-year-old member asked:
How does alcohol interrupt sleep and can alcohol cause people to hallucinate?
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Gaba and glutamate: Sleep is affected by dysregulation of GABA and glutamate receptors, in a person who is withdrawing glutamate is reactivated. Glutamate is excitatory which yields to hallucinations etc thru not only glutamate but other receptors as well . Downregluation of GABA also affects the sleep cycle.
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A Verified Doctoranswered
Several ways: Alcohol can produce sleep by its sedative effect, but it wears off quickly, causing a "rebound" with increased wakefulness a few hours later. While it increases deep sleep (just as most sleeping pills do), it reduces rem sleep, which is when we dream. If people drink a lot to stay asleep, they may get "rem rebound" which can cause daytime awake dreams, similar to hallucinations.
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Last updated Feb 18, 2015
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