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Study Suggests Lack of Sleep May Lead to Drinking More Sugary Drinks

Sugar sweetened beverages and sleep loss have both been associated with a higher risk of metabolic syndrome. Now a recent study has found that sleep deprivation is linked to increased consumption of sugary caffeinated drinks.


Participants in the study included 18,779 people who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Survey, which was conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics. The study used questionnaires to determine how much sleep participants got during the work week and their total consumption of a range of beverages.


After controlling for sociodemographic factors and previous health conditions that could impact sugary beverage consumption and sleep, the researchers looked at the relationship between amount of sleep and beverage consumption. They found that people who usually slept five or fewer hours also drank 21% more caffeinated sugar-sweetened beverages (sodas and non-carbonated energy drinks) than those who slept seven to eight hours a night. Additionally, people who slept six hours per night consumed 11% more caffeinated sugar-sweetened beverages than those who slept seven to eight hours.


No connection was found between sleep duration and consumption of juice, tea, or diet drinks.


Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, conducted the study. It was published in the December 2016 issue of Sleep Health.


Previous studies suggest that the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages as well as lack of sleep 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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