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  • jaimelicious commented on jarodharper's instructable How To Get A Good Night Sleep.3 months ago
    How To Get A Good Night Sleep.

    a couple of small things...alcohol is a depressant, not a stimulant. it can help people fall asleep (and there's a fine line between 'asleep' and 'unconscious' there!) but it tends to wake you up early/in the middle of the night because your body uses up water processing the alcohol, so you get dehydrated. that's actually the main problem when you feel hungover - you're dehydrated.Taking a bath just before bed can help you sleep. You're right when you say a temperature drop is part of the body's sleep cycle, but it doesn't have to be a specific temperature - it's just a drop of (if I recall correctly) about 0.5 - 1 degree Celsius. Otherwise you'd never be able to sleep if you had a fever! So artificially raising body temperature, which then naturally starts to drop off as you dry off and get ready for bed, can 'trick' your body into thinking it's ready to sleep, and kind of jump start the rest of the processes involved.I'm a chronic insomniac of almost three decades, and every doctor I've seen has told me the same dozen or so facts and strategies, like they're going to be a revelation to me, so I have this stuff pretty well embedded in my brain by now!

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