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Don't drink before your nap on the plane. It could hurt you now and later

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Airplane Sleepers Beware: Alcohol and Hypobaric Conditions Can Worsen Rest, Says Study #

Alcohol consumption combined with sleep on airplanes at high altitudes of around 8,000 feet can lead to intensified drops in oxygen levels and increased heart rate, according to a recent study. Researchers recreated airplane cabin conditions for 48 healthy adults, finding that alcohol consumption led to lower oxygen levels and a shorter duration of rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep, which is important for memory and brain recuperation. Experts warn that while alcohol may initially help with falling asleep, the quality of sleep is compromised, leading to snoring, sleep apnea, and fragmented sleep. They advise against mixing sleep aids and alcohol due to their combined sedative effects. Instead, they recommend maintaining natural body cycles, staying hydrated, choosing healthier food options, exercising, and minimizing screen time while waiting for flights.