Many people use alcohol as a sleep aid. However alcohol which may initially bring on sleepiness, may also cause restless sleep and lead to frequent awakenings. A study at the university if Wisconsin-Madison of 775 men and 645 women who were evaluated for alcohol consumption and SBD found that compared to men who consumed less alcohol, for every additional drink per day, those who consumed more had a 25% greater risk of having mild or worse SDB. These results were not seen in women. Therefore those with or at high risk of SBD should avoid alcohol near bed time.
JCSM vol 5(3) – Mond. June 15 2009