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Can Alcohol Help Me Sleep?

Question: Does alcohol reduce REM sleep?  Can alcohol make me have more vivid dreams?


Dr. Blaivas:  Alcohol is often used as a sleep inducer by patients, but current medical evidence suggests that this practice might be counterproductive.  The effects of alcohol on sleep are variable but let me note a few important points.  Early on in the night, alcohol can induce sleep, but the second half of the sleep period, after the alcohol is metabolized (about 4-5 hours after sleep onset), is...

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