You Can Sleep Well Despite A Night Of Drinking

You Can Sleep Well Despite A Night Of Drinking

Heavy drinking can give you a hangover, sure, but part of the reason you feel so sluggish and worn out after a night of drinking is because you get such terrible sleep. It only takes a couple drinks to ruin your rest, but all isn’t lost. Here’s how to turn a potentially restless night into something that’s at least a little recharging.

As Timothy Roehrs and Thomas Roth of the Sleep Disorders and Research Center explain, the rebound effect is the body’s way of snapping back to normal after the alcohol that initially helped you fall asleep is processed. Instead of being drunkenly sleepy, your body snaps back to life. This makes you highly sensitive to your environment, like light coming through your window, the sound of a car horn outside, even a slight change in temperature. Once the alcohol is gone from your bloodstream, the tiniest of variables can jolt you awake, even though you know you need more rest. If you’ve ever woken up crazy early for no reason after having a few glasses of wine the night before, now you know why.

Make Your Bed Welcoming For You When You Get Home

If you head out drinking right before you know you’re going to bed, you can’t avoid these disruptions in your sleep. But if you prepare your sleeping environment before you head out, you can do a lot. For starters, remember the basics. Good sleep hygiene is even more important now. Filter out the light in your room with blackout curtains, or get a sleep mask. Set the temperature so it’s nice and cool—around 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit—so you don’t get too hot when you finally crawl in bed, and get some earplugs to help block out any noise in your environment.

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