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Energy and Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Linked to Sleep Disruption in Teens

Previous studies have found that sleep disruption is related to daytime sleepiness and poor daytime functioning. A recent study suggests that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages and energy drinks may disrupt teenagers’ sleep.


For this study, researchers used data from the 2015 cycle of the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey, which was a school-based survey of students in grades 7 to 12. The survey has been conducted every two years since 1977.


In the survey, students were asked how often they drank a can, bottle, or glass of sweetened soda, sports drink, and pre-sweetened tea or coffee over the past week. Energy drink consumption patterns were addressed in a separate part of the survey. They were also asked how many hours of sleep they got on average on a school night. Options for responses ranged from four hours or less to more than 10 hours.


The survey found that 81.4% of students consumed a sugar-sweetened drink over the previous seven days. Twelve percent of students consumed an energy drink during the same time period and students who met physical activity recommendations were more likely than their peers to consume energy drinks. High school students were more likely than middle school students to report drinking energy drinks.


After examining the data, the researchers found that students who slept less were more likely to have consumed sugar-sweetened drinks and energy drinks.


Researchers from the University of Ottawa conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on December 11, 2017, in the journal Nutrition.


Previous studies suggest that the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is linked to the obesity epidemic in the US. Obesity increases the risk of adverse health conditions such as heart disease and stroke, type-2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and osteoarthritis.

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