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How can alcohol and sedatives affect sleep apnea?

Alcohol increases sleepiness, which may raise the risk of accidents or injuries for a person with sleep apnea, a serious but common disorder in which breathing is interrupted throughout the night, resulting in daytime sleepiness and other problems. Alcohol may also interfere with your ability to sleep. So, if sleep apnea is an issue for you, it is best to avoid or limit alcohol.

Also, if you take anti-anxiety medications or sedatives, or require anesthesia for surgery, you should discuss a diagnosis of sleep apnea with your doctor.


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