There was a time when drinking any alcohol made me sleep like a baby. In my earliest drinking days, when I was 21, I could count on falling (sometimes literally) into bed after a glass of wine or two, and snoozing peacefully for many hours. Hangovers posed an occasional obstacle, but sleep was so reliable that it almost didn't matter! Recently, though — read: as I've gotten older — things have changed, and I've begun to question, why do I sleep worse after drinking now? That was most definitely not part of the deal.
It's no secret that alcohol has wide-ranging effects on your body when you're awake. As long as you're still up and aware, you can start to feel those effects setting in, but it's easy to assume that they subside when you get yourself to bed. Not so! Your body doesn't stop working just because you've decided that it's time to get some shut eye.
I'm about to tell you more about the science behind alcohol and sleep (or a lack thereof), but you should know that there are ways to set yourself up for better rest after you've been drinking. Lifehacker recommends eating a balanced meal before you start on the booze, sipping on plenty of water during and after your drinking session, and cutting yourself off early. While these tips may not guarantee high-quality sleep, they should help combat the alcohol-induced physiological problems that can rob you of much-needed Z's.