Research shows that alcohol and sleep apnea don't mix. Alcohol makes it hard to get a good night sleep and because people to tend to wake up more frequently during the night. Many people will use alcohol to help them fall asleep at night, not knowing the side effects. After a few days your body will adjust to the alcohol and no longer will put you asleep unless you start drinking excess and unhealthy amounts.
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where breathing starts and stops during rest, this occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax. Because alcohol is a muscle relaxant, the muscles at the back of your throat ease even more than usual, causing extra-severe symptoms while sleeping and affects breathing.
For patients who are casual drinkers, it is suggested that patients stop drinking three hours before bed and limit themselves to 1-2 drinks daily to prevent a restless night sleep.
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