How To Sleep Better

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How To Sleep Better Quit Drinking

QUIT DRINKING
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.