The Nuance

The Case for the Nightcap

Why the occasional drink before bed may help your sleep

Markham Heid
Elemental
Published in
6 min readAug 23, 2018

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The Nightcap By Ferdinand Gotz, 1899. Image: Universal History Archive/Getty

Every week, the Nuance will go beyond the basics, offering a deep and researched look at the latest science and expert insights on a buzzed-about health topic.

AtAt least since Shakespeare’s day, people have recognized that alcohol has curious and often…

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Markham Heid
Elemental

I’m a frequent contributor at TIME, the New York Times, and other media orgs. I write mostly about health and science. I like long walks and the Grateful Dead.