The NA Beer Experiment
Things that I noticed:
After having a span of several evenings without beer, I found myself experiencing night sweats. Now I'm not 100% sure if this was because I wasn't drinking alcohol, closeness to my period, or my anti-anxiety medicine.
I had really messed up dreams!
I went back to having issues falling asleep for a few nights in a row and eventually got back to falling asleep at night in a timely fashion.
I ultimately seemed to sleep better, as in, I would wake up and not feel so fatigued.
My morning bathroom visit, even after drinking coffee, was WAY better.
The evenings I indulged in "regular" beer, I found that sometimes I did fall asleep quicker, but I woke up fatigued. Other evenings I'd lie in bed wide awake for several hours before I could fall asleep, and again, I'd wake up fatigued. My morning bathroom visit was not as nice as it was on days where I had NA beer.
Ultimately, what I found was drinking beer was not actually benefitting me in any way, shape, or form. Do I keep drinking something because I enjoy it, or do I listen to my body and do what makes me (as a whole) feel better? I think it's the latter because that decision can improve the quality of life on multiple levels rather than instant gratification.
One thing that has made this transition easier and enjoyable for me, was discovering Surreal Brewing Company. This NA beer option has (most times) several different IPA options available all the time, plus some other flavor choices as well.
Some things to know about Surreal Brewing Company:
*Their beer starts at 17 calories/can, and my favorites are 44 and 65 calories/can!
*0G sugar options
*2 gluten-reduced styles
*All-natural, non-GMO ingredients
When I bought beer/drank beer, I opted for ones with high alcohol content. My absolute favorite options were DIPAs and IPAs with the occasional Triple IPA. High flavor, big punch, and if I had more than one...digestive sadness the next day. I knew making the switch to NA beer would be different, but I was up for the experience. I figured if I found an option I enjoyed, that would definitely make the whole sober experience a lot more enjoyable!