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Sleep duration and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and energy drinks among adolescents

18 / 06 / 18

Finding: Shorter sleep duration was related to both sugar sweetened beverages (SSB) and energy drink (ED) consumption in adolescents but varied by age.

Summary: Data from 9473 adolescents aged 11-20 years from the Ontario (Canada) Health Survey analysed self-reported sleep duration and consumption of SSBs and EDs. Short sleepers were identified as those not meeting age-specific recommended sleep duration. Shorter sleep duration was related to: greater consumption of SSB in middle school students (aged 11-14) only; and greater energy drink consumption in high school students (aged 15-18) only. The authors concluded more research is needed to establish causality and the direction of the relationship; research would determine if increasing sleep might reduce SSB and ED intake in this group.

Citation: Sampasa-Kanyinga H, Hamilton HA, Chaput J-P. Sleep duration and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and energy drinks among adolescents. Nutrition 2018; 48:77-81