• Thursday, June 13, 2024


Drinking alcohol before flight naps could be bad for heart: Study

The researchers suggested that regulating alcohol consumption on flights could be beneficial in mitigating these health risks.

Representational image from iStock

By: Vivek Mishra

A recent study has raised concerns about the common practice of drinking alcohol and then taking a nap during flights.

German researchers have discovered that this combination, coupled with the low cabin pressure experienced during air travel, could strain the hearts of passengers.

According to Sky News, the study highlighted that after consuming alcohol, people’s blood oxygen levels decrease and heart rates increase, particularly at high altitudes where cabin pressure is lower.

“We were surprised by how significant the effect was,” shared Dr Eva-Maria Elmenhorst, one of the study’s authors, in an interview with NBC News. “We advise against drinking alcohol while on an airplane.”

The study, published in Thorax, emphasised that individuals with existing heart conditions may face heightened risks due to decreased cabin pressure during sleep, which is further compounded by alcohol consumption.

The researchers suggested that regulating alcohol consumption on flights could be beneficial in mitigating these health risks.

In their experiments, researchers evaluated 48 individuals aged 18 to 40 across different settings, including a sleep laboratory and an altitude chamber, with some participants consuming alcohol before sleep sessions.

While the study noted that healthy, young individuals may not experience severe consequences, it highlighted the potential for exacerbating pre-existing medical conditions due to decreased oxygen levels and increased heart rates.

Overall, the study warned that combining alcohol consumption with sleeping in low-pressure environments could strain the cardiovascular system and worsen symptoms in individuals with cardiac or pulmonary diseases.

Related Stories


Mrunal Thakur on Dhamaka, experience of working with Kartik Aaryan,…
Nushrratt Bharuccha on Chhorii, pressure of comparison with Lapachhapi, upcoming…
Abhimanyu Dassani on Meenakshi Sundareshwar, how his mom Bhagyashree reacted…

Adblocker detected! Please consider reading this notice.

We've detected that you are using Ad Blocker or some other adblocking software which is preventing the page from fully loading.

We strive to deliver high-quality content and experiences. To help us continue, please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.  We use non-intrusive ads to keep our content free.

We don't have any banner, Flash, animation, obnoxious sound, or popup ad. We do not implement these annoying types of ads!

We need money to operate the site, and almost all of it comes from our online advertising.

Please add EasternEye.biz to your ad blocking whitelist or disable your adblocking software.