Alcohol gives you bad dreams

7 things that happen to your body when you go to sleep drunk

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for you to fall into bed drunk. All the more amazing what alcohol does to our sleep!
on April 19, 2016, 3:49 p.m.

1) You fall (too) quickly into deep sleep

The feeling of simply "falling asleep" while intoxicated comes from simply skipping the first phase of sleep, the falling asleep phase. But that makes you sleep worse the rest of the time. You enter deep sleep an average of 8 minutes earlier and it lasts longer. During this time it is difficult to wake someone up and therefore you have fewer REM phases (in which you dream) later.

2) The heart rate is increased

Although one is in a regenerative deep sleep phase longer, the heart rate is increased and the nervous system is more active than normal. In a healthy state, the heart rate and high blood pressure should actually only increase in later REM phases. Alcohol disrupts these natural processes and you don't feel rested the next day.

3) The REM phases are interrupted and disturbed

REM phases are those sleep phases in which the body regenerates; they are characterized by strong dreams. During this time we process memories, stress and the emotions of the day. Usually we have 5-7 REM phases per night and dream for 2 hours, whether we remember it or not. Alcohol can reduce the number of REM phases experienced to 1-2, which makes you wake up grumpy. The REM phases are important enough that you can catch up on them and go through longer REM phases the next time you sleep.

4) You sweat and have to go to the toilet in between

1-12 splashes in the evening, and you may have noticed that you keep getting up to go to the bathroom and drink water. Alcohol has a diuretic effect and blocks the hormone that helps the body retain water. This is why you have to go to the toilet particularly often in the morning hours. There is also an explanation for the smell of a whole schnapps bar when you wake up: Alcohol dilates your veins and increases your heart rate, which is why you sweat more when you sleep drunk than on a midsummer day in the office. So when you wake up, no matter how much Gatorade you put in before bed, you're dehydrated.

5) You snore

By unconsciously relaxing all muscles, including those in the throat, one tends to snore after drinking alcohol. It also increases the likelihood of sleepwalking and talking while you sleep.

6) You roll over

After a few hours you sleep very easily and wake up more often, especially between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. After the effects of the alcohol wear off, you come from a deep sleep phase into REM sleep, from which you wake up easily. Because of this, one often only sleeps a few hours after drinking.

7) you wake up feeling just ******

Head weeeeh!