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Some people may keep a water bottle near their bedside for a nighttime sip, but experts say drinking water at this time could lead to disrupted sleep if one is not careful.

It appears it’s not all doom and gloom, though, if parting ways with water before bed is something that doesn’t mesh well with already-established nighttime routines.

Here’s what six health and sleep experts have to say about drinking water before retiring for the night.

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Know the pros and cons of drinking water before bed

A carafe is a glass flask that's often used to hold water, wine or a mixed drink. Some people may keep these bottles near their bed so they can easily access a nighttime drink.

A carafe is a glass flask that’s often used to hold water, wine or a mixed drink. Some people may keep these bottles near their bed so they can easily access a nighttime drink.
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Tara Clancy, a New York City-based sleep strategist and host of “The Counterfeit Sleep” podcast, said there are pros and cons of drinking water before bed because it can affect sleep performance in different ways.

“Drinking a very small amount if you feel thirsty is better than going to bed [feeling] dehydrated,” Clancy told Fox News Digital. “That’s because dehydration invites congestion and inflammation, which lower sleep performance.”

Clancy recommends limiting water intake before bed to an ounce or two.

“Any more than that, and you risk waking up in the middle of the night for a trip to the bathroom — and that means lower sleep performance,” she said. 

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People should start hydrating as soon as they wake up and discontinue drinking water three hours before they go to bed, Clancy said.

“If you’re still waking up in the middle of the night for a trip to the bathroom, that’s a sign that you need sleep performance support,” she said. “Improving sleep performance is the key to improving health and wellness.”

Drinking water before bed can disrupt melatonin production and digestion

Drinking water before bed can lead to a middle-of-the-night bathroom visit.

Drinking water before bed can lead to a middle-of-the-night bathroom visit.
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Amber Dixon, a Chicago-based dietitian, geriatric nurse and CEO of Elderly Assist Inc., an online senior health guide, said she doesn’t think drinking water before bed is ideal because it can make falling asleep more difficult than it needs to be.

“When you are resting, your body experiences melatonin production in the pineal gland,” Dixon told Fox News Digital. “Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate sleep-wake cycles and circadian rhythms.”

“Drinking water before bed interferes with this process because it inhibits the production of melatonin,” she also said. “Your body needs time to process fluids and then initiate sleep-wake cycles again after drinking water before bed.”

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Drinking water before bed can interrupt digestion, which can have adverse effects, including bloating and gas pains, said Dixon.

“If you drink too much fluid before going to sleep, your digestive system will be busy processing this extra liquid instead of focusing on breaking down food particles that may be in the stomach or intestines at the time,” Dixon explained.

Drinking water before bed can replenish the body

Drinking a small amount of water before bed can help the body carry out recovery processes throughout the night.

Drinking a small amount of water before bed can help the body carry out recovery processes throughout the night.
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Blanca Garcia, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Health Canal, a medical research news service provider in Grove City, Ohio, said drinking water before bed can offer a list of health benefits.

“Our bodies are made up of about 70% of water,” Garcia told Fox News Digital. “As we sleep, we sweat and lose some of that water.”

“Drinking water before bedtime is good for your health,” she continued. “It helps replenish water lost throughout the day, helps you get through the night while you sleep, and allows your body to recover.”

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Garcia said the human body “grows and repairs a variety of cells and tissues” during sleep and these cells need fluids in order to transport nutrients.

Needing to drink water before bed could indicate a sleep problem

Feeling a strong urge to drink water before bed and mid-sleep could be a sign of dry mouth.

Feeling a strong urge to drink water before bed and mid-sleep could be a sign of dry mouth.
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Dr. Camilo Andrés Ruiz, a Fort Lauderdale-based concierge medicine physician and sleep medicine expert at Sleep and Internal Medicine Specialists, said drinking water before bed isn’t necessary for the most part.

“Needing to drink water in the middle of the night due to dry mouth can be an indication of other things such as mouth breathing, snoring, or sleep apnea,” Ruiz told Fox News Digital. “That should be evaluated further with a sleep professional.”

If drinking water before bed is a lifestyle routine that can’t be kicked, Ruiz said he recommends people limit “their fluid intake two to three hours before bedtime” to avoid middle-of-the-night awakenings and bathroom breaks.

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Needing to drink water before bed could indicate a lack of hydration

Feeling strong thirst at night might mean a lack of hydration. Experts say people should drink water throughout the day.

Feeling strong thirst at night might mean a lack of hydration. Experts say people should drink water throughout the day.
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Dr. Shelby Harris, a New York City-based licensed clinical psychologist and director of sleep health at Sleepopolis, a mattress review website, said the urge to drink water before bed could mean a person is dehydrated.

“If you’re super thirsty right before bed, you may not be drinking enough water during the day, so it’s really important to hydrate throughout the day,” Harris told Fox News Digital. “And if you’ve had a rough night of sleep, try starting your day off with a big glass of water.”

“If you have issues with excessive thirst during the day and night, it would be a good idea to talk with your doctor as there can be medical issues going on,” she continued. “[Certain] medications can worsen this, too.”

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Harris said if thirst is felt before bedtime, she recommends limiting water intake to “eight ounces at most.”

Bottom line: Drinking water is good for you

Drinking water is good for your health overall.

Drinking water is good for your health overall.
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Dr. Nadir Qazi, founder and cosmetic surgeon at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic, a dermatology and plastic surgery clinic in Irvine, California, said drinking water right before bed isn’t the best strategy, but it’s still good to drink water throughout the day.

“Drinking water is almost always healthy, but it is a good idea to limit the amount of water late in the evening,” Qazi told Fox News Digital. “It is alright to continue sipping on a glass of water in the final two hours before bed. Maintaining adequate hydration levels throughout the day helps keep the body healthy and fully functional.”

The health benefits of drinking water include lowering blood pressure, regulating stress hormones, lubricating joints, plumping skin cells, aiding brain function and digestion, healing, removing toxins and regulating body temperature. 

“Sleeping is also when the body synthesizes collagen and elastin to keep the skin healthy and youthful,” Qazi said.

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Drinking water before bed can lead to nocturia – which causes you to wake up to urinate – which interrupts sleep and diminishes the overnight healing benefits sleep brings, according to Qazi.

“Just from the outward appearance, the skin will be slack and drawn, and facial tissues can inflame,” Qazi said. “Internally, it can slow down cognitive abilities, cause lethargy, and increase stress.”

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On this day in history, Feb. 7, 1964, Beatles arrive in US for first time, inspire nationwide mania

The Beatles were greeted by the deafening roar of thousands of screaming fans when they arrived in the United States for the very first time on this day in history, Feb. 7, 1964. 

“When the Beatles arrived in America, it was like seeing a new color for the first time,” a fan said years later. 

Pan Am Flight 101, a Boeing 707, touched down with John, Paul, George and Ringo — the Fab Four still known globally by their first names — at the recently renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City at 1:20 p.m. ET.

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America, reeling in the wake of the assassination of President John Kennedy just 11 weeks earlier, was instantly intoxicated by Beatlemania.

“The pilot [rang] ahead and said, ‘Tell the boys there’s a big crowd waiting for them,’” Paul McCartney said in “The Beatles Anthology.”

UNITED STATES - FEB. 07: (AUSTRALIA OUT): Photo of the Beatles — from left to right, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison — waving at crowds as they arrive at JFK Airport for their first U.S. tour. 

UNITED STATES – FEB. 07: (AUSTRALIA OUT): Photo of the Beatles — from left to right, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison — waving at crowds as they arrive at JFK Airport for their first U.S. tour.  (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)

“We thought, ‘Wow! God, we have really made it.'”

The band would soon dominate global pop music and, in many ways, reshape Western culture for generations to come. 

“We thought, ‘Wow! God, we have really made it.'” — Sir Paul McCartney

“Pandemonium broke out among the stamping, banner-waving fans as The Beatles — John, Paul, George and Ringo — stepped from the plane,” The Daily Mirror of London wrote on its front page the following day, under the lead headline that screamed, “Yeah! Yeah! U.S.A.!”

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“I think the world has gone mad,” the story stated, quoting a New York City police officer who was working crowd control at the airport.  

The Liverpool lads had become superstars in Britain only a year earlier. Their arrival in America brought Beatlemania to an entire new level. It would soon consume pop culture

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 7: Fans scream with excitement at the arrival of The Beatles at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Feb. 7, 1964. 

NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 7: Fans scream with excitement at the arrival of The Beatles at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Feb. 7, 1964.  (CBS via Getty Images)

The Beatles would prove even bigger in the United States than they were in the United Kingdom. 

“America was the best,” Ringo Starr said in “The Beatles Anthology.” “It was a dream, coming from Liverpool.”

The Lovable Mop Tops appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” from Midtown Manhattan two nights later, a landmark moment in American cultural history. 

“America was the best. It was a dream, coming from Liverpool.” — Ringo Starr

Their performance was seen by an estimated 73 million Americans, nearly 40 percent of the entire population of the United States at the time.

The Beatles soon dominated U.S. radio and music charts. 

The Top 5 Billboard hits for the week of April 4 were “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Please Please Me” — each song by the Beatles.

American television host Ed Sullivan smiles while standing with the Beatles on the set of his television variety series, New York, Feb. 9, 1964. Left to right, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Sullivan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney.

American television host Ed Sullivan smiles while standing with the Beatles on the set of his television variety series, New York, Feb. 9, 1964. Left to right, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Sullivan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney. (Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

The feat of one act owning the top five spots on the American charts has never been duplicated — or even approximated.

America’s obsession with the Beatles has never ended, nearly 53 years since they disbanded. 

“Abbey Road,” the classic Beatles album released in 1969, was the 12th best-selling album in America — in 2022, according to Billboard.

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John Lennon played his prized 1958 Rickenbacker 325 when the Beatles first played

John Lennon played his prized 1958 Rickenbacker 325 when the Beatles first played “The Ed Sullivan Show’ on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964, from CBS’s Studio 50 in New York City. Three of the four band members are shown here (from left): George Harrison, Ringo Starr (drummer) and John Lennon.  (CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

John Lennon moved to New York City in 1971. He was tragically killed outside his Manhattan home in 1980 by a deranged fan — leading to an instant outpouring of grief in New York and across the nation. 

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“I play here four to five times a week and you see people silently crying to themselves,” New York City musician Jules Avalon told Fox News Digital in December as he performed at Strawberry Fields, a corner of Central Park devoted to Lennon and the Beatles across the street from his murder site.

“‘Abbey Road,’ the classic Beatles album released in 1969, was 12th best-selling album in America in 2022, according to Billboard.”

George Harrison was living in Los Angeles when he died in 2002. 

McCartney and Starr continue to tour the United States. 

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Fans spontaneously serenaded McCartney with “Happy Birthday” last summer when he performed at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on the eve of his 80th. 

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It appears a new generation of American children will grow up with an appreciation of the Beatles’ sound and their impact on our national heritage. 

John Lennon’s “music made people happy,” Ethan Doyle, 12, of Philadelphia, told Fox News Digital in December outside the Dakota where the musician was murdered, accompanied by his mother, Monique, and brother Brodie, 9. 

The entrance to The Dakota in Manhattan, where John Lennon was murdered in 1980. It's a global pilgrimage site today.

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“This place radiates importance.”

At one point during McCartney’s MetLife show last summer, a couple and their three small children — perhaps none older than 8 or 9 — danced gleefully as McCartney performed “Love Me Do.” 

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The young children responded instinctively to the Beatles’ sound — much the way their grandparents did in 1964. 

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Michigan K-9 whose viral mugshot captivated Americans made big busts in his career: ‘Best partner I ever had’

Detective Ice, a Michigan police K-9, took the internet by storm last month after he was accused of stealing a human officer’s lunch.

The Wyandotte Police Department in Wyandotte, Michigan, shared the alleged thief’s mugshot on Facebook, where it went viral – garnering thousands of likes, comments and shares.

As a result of the post, Facebook users came to the defense of the K-9 — with some people even offering their services to “defend” Ice during his investigation. 

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But exactly who is everyone’s favorite furry officer — and what has his life and career been like?

In June 2012, then-10-month-old Ice joined the Wyandotte police force under the supervision of Detective Sergeant Ken Groat.

Detective Ice has been with the Wyandotte Police Department for over 10 years under the supervision of Detective Sergeant Ken Groat.

Detective Ice has been with the Wyandotte Police Department for over 10 years under the supervision of Detective Sergeant Ken Groat. (Ken Groat)

When police K-9s join the force, they have little-to-no training, Groat told Fox News Digital.

“They train the handler and the dog at the same time, so they teach us how to train our dogs,” he said.

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Over the last 10 years, Groat has moved up the ranks from detective to detective sergeant.

Detective Ice "is just like any other house pet," according to his handler, Detective Sergeant Ken Groat.

Detective Ice “is just like any other house pet,” according to his handler, Detective Sergeant Ken Groat. (Ken Groat)

While it’s common for K-9s to retire and stay home when their handler is promoted, Ice was always promoted alongside Groat — and the two were able to continue in their trainings, Groat said.

At age 10, Ice has now found himself semi-retired, so he does not go out on the road as often as he once did.

“Although Ice is getting a little gray in the beard and not on everyday patrol, he’s still very much a part of our department,” Chief Brian Zalewski told Fox News Digital on Jan. 25, as Ice’s mugshot was gaining national news attention.

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“Ice is extremely well-trained and still maintains his K-9 certifications. Ice has assisted dozens of law enforcement agencies over his decade of service,” Zalewski added. 

“He was one of the most requested Police K-9’s for drug search warrants, vehicle searches and suspect tracking.”

Groat was reassigned to the investigation unit due to his promotion — but Ice can always be found in the office welcoming people as they enter.

“I think it’s added to his life that he’s been able to come to work with me [and] keep him active,” Groat commented. 

Adventures worth talking about

While he may not be making as many busts today as he once did, Detective Ice has had some adventures worth telling.

“He’s the best partner I ever had.”

— Detective Sergeant Ken Groat

During an investigation with another jurisdiction, the K-9 located $120,000 in a laundry hamper that was hidden by an apparent suspect, Groat shared.

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“I thought [Ice] was hitting on the odor of drugs on the guy’s clothes … and he actually reached up and pulled the laundry basket down and started digging the clothes out. And then $10,000 [in] bricks of money start flying out with it,” Groat recalled.

Ice is ready for duty when given a command, but he enjoys relaxing on the couch every once in a while, too. 

Ice is ready for duty when given a command, but he enjoys relaxing on the couch every once in a while, too.  (Ken Groat)

One of Groat’s favorite stories involving Ice has to do with the K-9’s ability to bridge gaps between people and law enforcement and help lower an individual’s stress levels

“Everybody loves a dog, [but] not everybody loves the police,” Groat said.

He added that dogs can “mend fences between people and the police.”

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Ice is still an obedient police dog in spite of his recent “crime” — but when he goes home after a long day’s work, “he is just like any other house pet,” he added. 

Detective Ice really is an obedient police dog in spite of allegedly stealing his co-worker's lunch.

Detective Ice really is an obedient police dog in spite of allegedly stealing his co-worker’s lunch. (Wyandotte Police Department/Ken Groat)

Ice is ready for duty when necessary, but quickly jumps back into being “a normal dog until the next job comes up,” Groat said.

He was raised around Groat’s wife and kids; the children have since grown up.

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At home, Ice is very relaxed and laid back, Groat reported — the pooch seems to enjoy cuddling up with a blanket on the couch.

Dogs can “mend fences between people and the police.”

But back in the day, “the minute you opened the door to get him out [of the car], he was very hyper-energetic [and] ready to do work,” Groat said.

Although he may not be as energetic as he once was, Ice appears to continue to bring others joy.

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“He’s the best partner I ever had,” said Groat. 

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Surfer Bethany Hamilton speaks out against new rule allowing transgender women to compete with females

Surfer, mom and book author Bethany Hamilton is speaking out against the World Surf League’s newly announced policy that would allow for male-bodied individuals known as transgender women to compete at the highest level in professional surfing against other women.

The Hawaii-based Hamilton is raising questions about the rules change, asking whether other professional surfers were consulted about it beforehand – and wondering where this will lead.

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She said on her Instagram account in a video this weekend that is now being widely shared, “The World Surf League has officially made the rule that male-bodied individuals known as transgender athletes can officially compete in the women’s division.”

She added, “The World Surf League says they are following the Olympic guidelines.”

She stressed on social media this weekend, “I strive to have love for all of mankind, regardless of any differences.”

But “this concerns me as a professional athlete” who has competed for the past 15-plus years, she added.

“And I feel that I must speak up and stand up” for others who cannot or won’t speak out about this, she said, as they “fear” they might be “ostracized” if they speak out. 

“Is a hormone level an honest and accurate depiction that someone indeed is a male or female? Is it as simple as this?”

“So – here I go,” she said.

“How is this rule playing out in other sports, like swimming, running and MMA?” she asked.

“Have any of the current surfers in the World Surf League been asked what their thoughts and opinions are on this new rule before it was passed or announced? Should there be a conversation?” she added.

Bethany Hamilton experienced a shark attack and lost her arm when she was 13 years old – and still managed to make it as a professional surfer. She's shown here in 2020. Today, she's a wife, mom, book author and surfer. 

Bethany Hamilton experienced a shark attack and lost her arm when she was 13 years old – and still managed to make it as a professional surfer. She’s shown here in 2020. Today, she’s a wife, mom, book author and surfer.  (Matt Dunbar/WSL via Getty Images)

“Is a hormone level an honest and accurate depiction that someone indeed is a male or female? Is it as simple as this?”

She also asked, “Who is pushing for this huge change?… Does this better the sport of surfing? Is this better for the women in surfing? If so, how?”

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She added, “I personally think that the best solution would be to create a different division so that all can have a fair opportunity to showcase their passion and talent – and I think it’s really hard to imagine what the future of women’s surfing will be like in 15-20 years down the road if we move forward allowing this major change.”

She also announced, “I personally won’t be competing in or supporting the World Surf League if this rule remains.”

Trent Talbot, CEO of Brave Books in Texas, which recently published Hamilton’s children’s book, told Fox News Digital on Sunday, “What an act of bravery. I stand with Bethany Hamilton and her choice to not participate in the World Surf League if they allow men to compete in the women’s division.”

“God designed males and females differently with a purpose.”

Talbot added, “God designed males and females differently with a purpose – and when we reject this, we reject God. Men do not belong in women’s sports.”

He also said, “We must take a stand against this progressive movement that would allow men to compete in women’s sports. Thank you, Bethany Hamilton,” he also noted, “for pushing past fear and standing up for what is right.”

Bethany Hamilton is shown with her husband and children recently.

Bethany Hamilton is shown with her husband and children recently. (Bethany Hamilton/Brave Books)

Hamilton’s most recent children’s book is “Surfing Past Fear” (Brave Books, October 2022).

The World Surf League reportedly announced that it’s adopting the International Surfing Association’s (ISA) transgender policy for all of its tours. 

The change is apparently taking effect immediately.

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One of the key changes is as follows: “A surfer assigned male at birth who identifies as a woman and has woman/female on her national identity card or passport is eligible to compete in a men’s event or as a man in a mixed event if she has not met the requirements to compete in a woman’s event (such as maintaining testosterone level less than 5 nmol/l continuously for the previous 12 months).”

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In addition, “A surfer assigned male at birth who identifies as a woman and has man/male or ‘other’ or ‘X’ on their national identity card or passport is eligible to compete in a men’s event or as a man in a mixed event,” as the ISA also says on its website.

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