Shorter sleep associated with sugary drinks consumption

Researchers from the United States have found a link between shorter sleep duration and consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSB).

Data taken from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) was used to examine whether there was an association between intakes of sugar sweetened beverages and sleep duration. Almost 19,000 adults aged 18 and over were included in the study.

Sleep duration was self-reported and classified into 4 categories; 5 or fewer hours, 6 hours, 7–8 hours and 9 or more hours of sleep. The category 7–8 hours was considered adequate sleep. Intake of sugary drinks was assessed using two 24-hour dietary recalls. Sugar-sweetened soda, non-carbonated beverages, fruit juice, diet drinks, plain coffee, plain tea and plain water were included in the analysis.

Researchers found that total SSB consumption was 27% higher in individuals who had 5 or fewer hours sleep and 11% higher in individuals who had 6 hours sleep compared to those who had 7-8 hours of sleep. Sleeping 5 or fewer hours was also associated with a higher intake of sodas and caffeinated beverages compared to those sleeping 7-8 hours.

Whether shorter sleep causes a higher intake of sugary drinks or a higher intake of sugary drinks leads to shorter sleep is unclear and further research is needed to understand the relationship between sugary drinks and sleep.

Posted: 16/11/2016 13:39:54 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Sleep, Sugar, Sugary drinks


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