Clubbing is all about long nights and short sleeps. We’ve all done it at some point in our lives, but the problem is that serial clubbers are killing their sleep patterns. It’s no coincidence that at 6am on a Saturday morning the center of town looks like a scene from Dawn of the Dead.
So how does clubbing impact sleep patterns?
Breaking the Routines
Our bodies work on routines. If you have dinner at 6pm every evening and then suddenly you switch things up to 7pm, for the first few weeks your body is going to send huge hunger signals when it doesn’t get food at 6pm. Your body takes time to adjust to new routines.
Clubbing does exactly the same thing. If you normally sleep at 11pm and you suddenly go out until 4am in the morning, it ruins your body clock.
But your body doesn’t feel tired. Something worse happens. There are some great ideas on how to fall asleep fast. Some work but it really depends on the person.
Your Body Enters Survival Mode
If you stay up an hour past your bedtime your body is going to feel tired. But among the lights and the drinks of a club, you’re not focusing on your body. After that initial time has passed your body enters survival mode. It’s tired but it’s pushing on. This is also known as getting your second wind.
You’ll feel energized for a few hours, before eventually crashing at home. Then you have to work on resetting your body’s routine, which is why a hard night on the town can take days to recover from.
Dehydration is a Threat to Your Sleeping Pattern
Studies have shown that those who take in less water are more likely to be short sleepers. These also tend to be regular clubbers. Dehydration alone has a huge impact on sleeping patterns. Clubbers can offset much of the damage through making sure they drink less alcohol and take in more water over the course of a night.
Dehydration means you have less melatonin in your body, and this is what regulates the sleep-wake cycle, as well as a number of other things. This is why regular clubbers can also have the side effects of insomnia and rapid mood swings.
Sleeping During the Day Means Broken Sleep
One big change in the sleep patterns of regular clubbers is sleeping during the day. Our bodies are programmed to wake when it’s light and sleep when it darks. This goes all the way back to before human civilization formed. It’s a primal instinct.
Clubbers are messing with this primal instinct by sleeping during daylight hours. It usually means more broken sleep and less REM sleep. REM sleep, or restful sleep, is where we really recover from the previous day. If you’re just dozing, which daylight makes more likely, your body is not getting what it needs to recover and rejuvenate itself.
In the long-term this can cause serious health problems.
How to Make Late Nights Easier to Handle
To limit the damage caused to your body without ruining all the fun, follow these tips.
Set a Time to Leave – Try to get as many dark hours as you possibly can. Choose to leave at 2am instead of 5am.
Drink More Water – We mentioned that dehydration can be a huge problem. Try to drink a glass of water for every one or two alcoholic drinks. If you’re dancing you should take in even more water.
Eat Before You Go – Eating before you go isn’t just a way to not get drunk. It soaks up the alcohol and helps to reduce the dehydration effect.
Conclusion – Don’t Go Out as Much
Going clubbing every so often is fine. It’s not going to cause any lasting damage. Just make sure you don’t become a five-night warrior.