Yes. Alcohol may make it easier to fall asleep, but it disrupts the cicadian sleep cycle and one does not get into the deep restful stages of sleep which is exactly what sleep apnea does to the sleep cycle. Therefore, one should avoid alcohol during the evening. A drink with an early dinner will not hurt.
Perhaps. Sleep apnea is a significant problem for many people; it often goes. A great place to start is an examination by an ear, nose, & throat doc and a sleep study. Sleep apnea, a serious and potentially life threatening condition, should be ruled out or diagnosed through a sleep a study. In the meantime fewer cocktails may help improve the quality of your sleep while you check for apnea. Read more...