It is received wisdom that a drink or two in the evening helps us to relax and sets us up for a great night’s sleep. But unfortunately that’s not the case. Too much alcohol or alcohol too close to bedtime has a detrimental effect on the quality of our sleep: it can make you wake up more often throughout the night and it reduces our time in the deepest and most restorative phases of sleep. Researchers at Brown University have also recently discovered that the effects of drinking in the evening (compared to other times of day) are significantly more stimulating. This provides another compelling piece of evidence that alcohol’s role as an “aid” to sleep is misguided. So rather than having a nightcap to send you to slumber town why not try snuggling up in one of our beautiful Bronte Merino Lambswool Throws, lighting a Calming, Therapeutic Candle and sipping on a soothing mug of chamomile tea instead!