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A 33-year-old member asked:

Does alcohol effect your sleep?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Yes: Alcohol is a very good way to make someone sleep but after a few hours of metabolism your body is awakened. It us best to not drink 2-3 hours before bedtime. Alcohol can also worsen sleep apnea.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
Yes: Alcohol is a sedative- people drink in order to fall asleep. However, it is very short acting, and when it wears off, there is often a "rebound", where people wake up and have even harder time falling asleep. With continued use, tolerance develops and more and more alcohol needs to be consumed. Alcohol eliminates rem sleep, where we dream, which we need for good health.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the effect of alcohol on sleep?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 74 years experience
Taken at bedtime: It will usually (but not always because we are all different) induce sleep. It is not a healthy choice for this, however.

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