The Effects of Alcohol on Sleep Apnea

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I think it’s fairly well known that alcohol isn’t that great for your body, but did you know it can affect your sleep apnea as well?  That’s right, sleep apnea happens when extra tissue in the throat collapses and prevents air from passing through.  Throughout the night this wakes you up time and time again, in some cases hundreds of times.  What the alcohol does is it relaxes your body further, this relaxation lets the blockage worsen.  In fact, for some people who don’t even have sleep apnea, alcohol would give it to them temporarily.

Alcohol is linked to Sleep Apnea development

An occasional drink may give you symptoms temporarily, but studies have also shown you could develop the actual disorder because of alcohol.  The study I just linked found that men who drank more than one alcoholic drink a day were more likely to have sleep apnea.  However, the study made it seem as if those who drank sparingly were fine.  It showed that moderation was the key in preventing sleep apnea.

Other risk factors for Sleep Apnea

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Being over 40
  • Being Male
  • Being overweight
  • Having a family history of sleep apnea
  • Having a large neck
  • Having large tonsils

If you start noticing these symptoms then you may be at risk, or have sleep apnea.  It’s important to verify this with a professional sleep doctor so you can get the specialized care you need.  If you want to take a short quiz to see if you could have sleep apnea then we have one set up for you already!  It’ll take less than two seconds and will give you a good idea on whether or not you could have sleep apnea.