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Alcohol, the thing that makes you occasionally pass out at parties or on public transport should be a great sleep aid, right? Nope. The Huffington Post reports that hitting the bottle right before bed won't solve your sleep problems and might actually make them way worse. That's why multiple sleep experts, including the National Sleep Foundation, recommend laying off the booze in the evening. (So just get loaded at brunch, right?).

Alcohol does make you drowsy, and too much of it can knock you right out. But once you're passed out, it seriously affects the quality of your sleep. As you move through the first and second sleep cycles that your body needs to get proper rest, alcohol can actually suppress rapid eye movement or "REM" sleep, Timothy Roehrs, director of research at the Sleep Disorders and Research Center of Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital, told The Huffington Post.

Sources: Huffington Post