Over some glasses of Chardonnay and a beautiful farm-to-table vegetarian dinner last night, one of my dinner guests once again asked if the wine would impact his dreams. So, I guess it’s time to repost this Q&A from the S’News Archives. And my Q to you, Dear Dreamers … How does a nightcap affect your dreams?
Q: I like to have a glass or two of red wine in the evenings, but I’ve heard that alcohol can affect your dreams. Is that true?
A: In a word, yes. Drinking wine before bed is likely to affect your dreams. But is this good or bad, and should you change your drinking habits because of it? I’ll leave that decision up to you.
Common wisdom says that drinking wine at night may relax you and help you fall asleep, but it negatively impacts the quality of sleep overall by causing you to wake in the middle of the night and have trouble returning to sleep.
This is obviously problematic in terms of getting a full and deep night’s rest, but it can also negatively impact your dream life. Here’s why:
During the course of the night we move through various sleep cycles, one…
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