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Alcohol & APNEA
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So...Last night I demonstrated to myself what I believe is a direct relationship between alcohol (wine) consumed and AHI/events. Instead of my usual 8.67 ounces of wine (1/3 bottle), in the company of good friends, I drank probably most of a bottle. When I looked at SleepyHead this morning, I was astonished to see way more events at much longer durations and a much higher AHI than usual. Has anyone (everyone) else observed this rather obvious phenomena? Just sayin'...
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#2
I snore way louder after a night out on the booze. So I dont think alcohol and sleep apnea mixes well together.
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#3
while, i agree alcohol and apnea is not a good mix.... i do like my wine (:
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#4
I stopped drinking long before I was diagnosed with OSA. So, I have no first hand experience.
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#5
OH YEAH, me too. In another discussion on this forum a member was commenting on waking with a pounding heart beat after drinking 7oz of vodka before bedtime. Same happens to me, but if i drink earlier in the evening and give my body a chance to detoxify before bedtime, i'm ok.

So, I enjoy drinking some wine every night and don't intend to quit. My feeling is that i would rather moderate than quit. So i try not to go too far over the limit and drink a bit earlier so it doesn't fight with cpap.
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(04-22-2014, 01:39 PM)drgrimes Wrote: I try not to go too far over the limit and drink a bit earlier so it doesn't fight with cpap.
In your opinion, what is a reasonable limit?

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#7
This is why you do all your drinking at noon so it wears off before bed. If anyone raises an eyebrow just tell em you have a condition. Wink
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(04-22-2014, 06:18 AM)JimZZZ Wrote: So...Last night I demonstrated to myself what I believe is a direct relationship between alcohol (wine) consumed and AHI/events.
What events are we talkin about (obstructive, hypopneas, centrals)
How leaks and pressure stats (median, 95th, maximum) in comparison of being sober

Couples glasses of wine (Aussie wine of course) with dinner have no bearing on my AHI
My machine calculate any pressure adjustment needed throughout the night based on the severity of the events, so don,t think a glass or two going to stand in the way Coffee
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(04-22-2014, 06:18 AM)JimZZZ Wrote: I drank probably most of a bottle. When I looked at SleepyHead this morning, I was astonished to see way more events at much longer durations and a much higher AHI than usual.

One night of data is not conclusive. Anything can make your AHI change from night to night.

Another thing that happens to me is that these effects are transient. If I get an increased AHI due to the intake of drugs (alcohol or other sedatives such as prescription sleep aids) it goes away after a few nights. In other words, even if alcohol consumption raises your AHI, it could be that if you repeat that alcohol consumption behavior for several nights in a row, the AHI might come back down to what it was before.
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(04-22-2014, 04:22 PM)zonk Wrote: Couples glasses of wine (Aussie wine of course) with dinner have no bearing on my AHI

I have the same experience, although I drink beer rather than wine. I have experimented by having none at all for a couple of weeks, and there was no overall difference in my AHIs.
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