Sleep Med Psychophysiol.  2013 Dec;20(2):59-62.

Sleep and Alcohol

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Yangsan, Korea. nauyoung@gmail.com

Abstract

Alcohol has been used as sedatives historically. The effect of alcohol on sleep is different according to its dose, timing of ingestion, and drinking frequency. Sleep problems may play a role in the development and course of alcohol-related disorders. Insomnia in alcohol-dependent patients is common and early treatment of insomnia may reduce the rate of relapse. Sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, periodic limbs movement disorder, and altered circadian rhythm may be more frequent in this patients. Management of sleep and alcohol problems is important in treating alcohol-related disorder and sleep disorders, respectively.

Keyword

Alcohol; Alcohol-related disorder; Sleep; Insomnia

MeSH Terms

Alcohol-Related Disorders
Circadian Rhythm
Drinking
Eating
Extremities
Humans
Hypnotics and Sedatives
Movement Disorders
Recurrence
Restless Legs Syndrome
Sleep Apnea Syndromes
Sleep Wake Disorders
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
Hypnotics and Sedatives
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