Getting a good night’s sleep can do more than help you nurse a hangover. You’ll be more alert, less cranky, and the bags under your bleary eyes won’t look as grotesque. Plus, studies have shown that guys who get the proper amount sleep are less likely to develop heart disease, high blood pressure, or erectile dysfunction. To help you sleep better, we asked Dr. Tracey Marks, author of Master Your Sleep: Proven Methods Simplified ($12 @ Amazon.com), to supply 10 tips that will help you catch some zeezzzzzz …
No, not completely. What are we, sadists? Here’s what we mean: There are five stages of sleep, which in simplistic terms consist of 1. dozing, 2. slowed brain activity, 3. deep sleep, 4. more deep sleep, and 5. REM (rapid eye movement). An entire cycle takes 90 to 110 minutes, and you’re supposed to go through four to seven cycles per night.
But alcohol depresses the central nervous system, dehydrates you, and disrupts those cycles. So while gassing beers might help you pass out, it’ll deprive you of the deep sleep your body needs. The trick is to drink less overall and to stop drinking earlier in the night so that most of the alcohol is out of your system by the time you pass out.