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 sleep like sh*t. It only takes a couple drinks to ruin your rest, but all isn’t lost. Here’s how to get a decent night's sleep after a night of drinking!
If you’ve ever had a few drinks before bed and found yourself sleeping deeply, then waking and falling asleep again all night, that’s because of the “rebound effect.” It makes you constantly slip out of the deep sleep and into lighter stages of sleep that are easier to wake from. This makes you highly sensitive to your environment, like light coming through your window, your roommates stumbling in, or even a slight change in temperature. Make sure you wear a sleep mask, turn on white noise and keep your room cool for a good night's rest.
Before you take your first sip of alcohol, make sure you've had a balanced meal to help regulate your body’s absorption of alcohol. A nice, slow-burning meal with alll your macronutrients will introduce the alcohol to your bloodstream gradually so your body can process it without overworking itself and keeping you up all night.
Obviously the best solution is to drink water. Easy enough, but the key is how much and when. If possible alternate between one drink and one glass of water. This keeps you hydrated while you drink, and it fills you up so don’t end up drinking as much alcohol—which is what will save you the most grief in the long run. And it’s a good idea to avoid caffeine. That means no vodka Red Bulls, steer clear of the Irish Coffees, and definitely no Four Loko.
Aim to cut yourself off at least four hours before you go to sleep. That might seem like a long time to go without a drink at a party, but if you take into account how much time it takes you to get home, unwind, and then hit the sack, you’ll still enjoy yourself while your body processes what you’ve already enjoyed.
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