Best Bets at Bedtime: Drink
Nightcaps are a bad idea. Alcohol may seem like an excellent tool for dozing off, because it is a depressant. It does, in fact, make you sleepy. But after you fall asleep, the depressant effects of alcohol wear off, your brain is jolted out of its sleep-cycle rhythm, and you are likely to wake up. You may not notice it right away, but your sleep is less restful if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol. Cut yourself off a few hours before bedtime, and have a little snack if you've been having drinks.