A five-year study from the University of Missouri shows that alcohol interferes with the body's ability to regulate sleep.
Researchers from the MU School of Medicine in Columbia have found that drinking alcohol to fall asleep interferes with the body's natural sleep cycle. Dr. Mahesh Thakkar tells Missourinet that the results show alcohol should not be used as a sleep aid.
Dr. Thakkar says about 20 percent of American adults use alcohol to fall asleep. The study proves that alcohol not only disrupts sleep but can also lead to dependency when used to fall asleep.
Thakkar says that if people are suffering from sleep apnea it can be treated easily without alcohol. Thakkar encourages people with sleep apnea to undergo a sleep study which can be done at MU or other medical facilities across the state.