7 doctors weighed in:
Does alcohol cause sleep apnea to be worse?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Absolutely
Yes.

In brief: Absolutely
Yes.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Phil Zapanta
Alcohol or any other drug that helps you sleep (benadryl, muscle relaxants, ambien) will decrease the tone of your airway muscles. Falling asleep will be easy but then your airway is too relaxed. A relaxed airway is more at risk of collapsing and this will lead to an increased frequency and severity of obstructive sleep apnea.
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Absolutely
Do not drink alcohol if you have apnea.
Alcohol is a muscle relaxant and can depress respiratory drive... Not a good combination in a patient with apnea.

In brief: Absolutely
Do not drink alcohol if you have apnea.
Alcohol is a muscle relaxant and can depress respiratory drive... Not a good combination in a patient with apnea.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. James Donley
Dentistry
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Donley
Dr. James Donley
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