Drinking alcohol impacts our sleep – and were more likely to have odd dreams

Most of us have had it happen – you go for a few bevvies on a night out and have some very bizarre or vivid dreams that night.

But have you ever wondered why?

Well mattress company Otty have revealed the real reason for it.

They explained: "When you go to bed following a heavy night of drinking, the quality of sleep you enjoy is actually poorer.

"The blood alcohol level in your system will drop once you stop consuming alcohol, leaving you in a shallow state of sleep, and with frequent disturbances and waking throughout the night."

The company continued telling The Sun: "So when you fall into REM sleep (the stage of sleep you dream in), you're more likely to recall your dreams."

Because you're halfway between being awake and asleep, the sleep experts said there's more chance you'll wake up with a better memory of the dream you were having.

"The alcohol in your system mixed with the state of limbo will often leave you experiencing vivid and nightmare-fuelled dreams," they added.

"Your body is trying to gather as much information as possible from its environment, which may not be so black and white after a night of drinking."

A psychological component is also attached, according to the company, especially if you're an emotional drinker.

"If you're typically an emotional drinker, these thoughts and emotions can manifest themselves into the content of your dreams, leaving you with intensely haunting or evocative dreams," they added.

The company also spoke about the morning after, saying you struggle to concentrate as your brain is functioning at a slower rate.

You also get dark circles under your eyes as blood vessels with be dilating and your sex drive can plummet after just 24 hours of sleep deprivation, due to being too exhausted to feel aroused.

After drinking, you may also feel increased muscle tension, which can cause tremors, as your body is struggling to cope with exhaustion.

The company recommended to avoid such symptoms, you should limit yourself to just a few drinks, avoid that extra Sambuca shot and make sure to get a good night's sleep.

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