Do not know what you’ve done ?! Ever experienced you missing things completely after a busy night? And also wonder why this is so ?!
It is quite well known that drinking is not good for sleep quality. Due to the narcotic effect, we fall asleep faster, but we sleep more restless and less deeply. Did you also know that it eventually comes to sleep that we can not remember certain events !? I also not until recently! 🙂
Function of sleep
An important function of sleeping is the processing of information, events and experiences.We do this primarily during deep sleep and REM sleep ( Rapid Eye Movement ). And yes, just let it be alcohol that has a lot of impact on these parts of our night’s rest!
The effect of alcohol on sleep
Alcohol suppresses deep sleep and REM sleep (the part of our sleep we dream in ). During deep sleep and the rest of sleep, your body and mind restores. During these sections of sleep you will process information and events and thus also what you’ve experienced during your wild night!
“What have I done…”
For our minds, deep sleep has a repetitive and memorizing function. During this part of the sleep we hit, among other things, what we did during the day ( and sometimes so night! ). This is not the phase in which we dream a lot. We do this during REM sleep. Dreams are likely to play a major role in our spiritual recovery (though the function of dreams is not 100% proven). The REM sleeper seems to help us in the process of processing, storing and arranging our memories.
The deep sleep occurs mainly during the first 3 sleep cycles (first few hours) of our night, and the REM sleep has a larger share of the later sleep cycles. The use of alcohol has a lot of influence during these first few hours before it starts to work out. So we are actually a kind of “anesthetized” during the first few hours of our sleep, we do not wake up soon but we do not sleep deeply and effectively. Later in the night, if we should get more REM sleep, the anesthetic begins to work out, which makes us sleep even more quickly and wake up. In this way, we do not get a good REM sleep that is necessary for our mental recovery, and thus for storing and sorting our experiences and memories! In short, our complete mental recovery during sleep is actually kicked off by drinking a lot of alcohol.
When we are drunk, we often fall asleep immediately because of the narcotic effect, so we can not sleep in a deep sleep and the REM sleep is also suppressed. And so, our memories and events are not well or not completely saved and arranged in the right way.
Lots of drinks make sure we do not store our “wild” experiences at night
To compensate sleep
It also appears that missing REM sleep should be compensated by the following night. The body has a certain need for REM sleep to be met to handle all events and to recover well. Whether this means that we can still process the forgotten events the next day and remember again, I’m not clear.
Logically, it seems that this could possibly be possible, but that the events of the new day “demand” their place in the processing and ranking, thus allowing the older experiences to take place. On the other hand, I have to speak from my own experience that it has sometimes happened that certain ” black holes ” gradually recovered from time to time. Perhaps this is the explanation!
Have you ever seen that you could not remember all parts of the evening? Feel free to share your most beautiful stories below ?;)