Video FAQ – Does Alcohol Affect Sleep?

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How Does Alcohol Affect Sleep Patterns?

How does alcohol affect sleep patterns? Dr. Ronald Popper explains what effects alcohol can have on your sleep patterns and how those effects can disrupt a good night's rest. This video FAQ series on obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, as well as chronic severe snoring, was created and produced by Dr. Popper to address your general questions about sleep and sleep disorders. If you have specific questions about your personal condition, please contact Dr. Popper using the information below. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information right away, please Contact us here on this site or on our Facebook page. We'll get back to you as quickly as possible.

The Question – How Does Alcohol Affect Sleep Patterns?

“Alcohol acts like a sedative. It will make you sleepy and you will fall asleep more quickly. You'll have a deeper sleep during the first part of the night.

However as the alcohol is metabolized and leaves your body during the second half of the night you will experience more sleep disruption and a poorer quality of sleep. You may also suffer from REM sleep rebound which results in increased dreaming and possibly nightmares.

As a result, you will awaken feeling fatigued and dissatisfied with your sleep.

Hello, I'm Doctor Ronald Popper. Thank you for watching. If you or a loved one needs more information on sleep disorders, please visit our web site at where you'll find more videos in this series as well as our white paper on obstructive sleep apnea that is free for you to download.”


Dr. Ronald A. Popper is a Board Certified sleep specialist. The Southern California Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California is a four bed, state of the art, fully accredited sleep disorders center. Dr. Popper is available at (805) 557-9930 to answer any questions you have regarding diagnosis and treatment of all sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea, restless limb syndrome, insomnia, narcolepsy, and others.

Watch the video above, and then Click Here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Popper if you would like to talk about how you can stop snoring, address your obstructive sleep apnea or discuss any other sleep disorder.

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