Sleep Doctors Explain the Very Strange Ways That Alcohol Can Affect Your Dreams

Emily Laurence・August 13, 2021

Psychiatrist and sleep medicine doctor Alex Dimitriu, MD, explains that there are three types of sleep: deep sleep, REM sleep, and light sleep. “When someone drinks alcohol, they spend less time in REM sleep, and that’s the sleep phase where we dream the most,” he says. If you have a few cocktails and then head to bed, Dr. Dimitriu says you can expect to have less dreams than you may have otherwise. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have any dreams at all. “People can still dream in the light sleep stage, but the dreams aren’t as strong as what happens in REM sleep,” he says.

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