Energy Drinks Implicated in Sleep Disturbances: Research Reveals Alarming Impact on Youthful Insomnia
A recent study suggests that energy drinks are contributing to a generation of insomniacs, with just a few cans per week significantly disrupting sleep patterns.
The research focused on individuals aged 18 to 35 and found that daily consumption of energy drinks led to an average reduction of around half an hour of sleep compared to those who consumed them occasionally or not at all.
Dose-Dependent Sleep Disruption: More Drinks, Fewer Hours of Shut-Eye
The study’s findings indicate a dose-dependent relationship, revealing that the more energy drinks a person consumed, the fewer hours of sleep they experienced per night.
This sleep deprivation trend was associated with increased daytime tiredness among the participants.
Gender-Specific Sleep Effects: Men and Women Exhibit Varied Sleep Disturbances
Among men who consumed two or three energy drinks a week, the likelihood of having a bedtime after midnight increased by 35%, with a 52% higher chance of sleeping less than six hours and a 60% increased likelihood of waking up during the night compared to those who consumed them rarely or not at all.
Women showed a 20% increased likelihood of a bedtime after midnight, a 58% higher chance of sleeping less than six hours, and a 24% greater likelihood of waking in the night.
Broader Concerns: Call for Energy Drink Ban Following Mental Health Implications
This study follows a recent call for a ban on the sale of all energy drinks to young people and children in the UK due to their associations with anxiety, stress, and suicidal thoughts.
Energy drinks, typically containing high levels of caffeine and sugar, have prompted governmental consideration to end their sale to individuals under 16 in England.
Study Methodology: Insights from 53,266 Norwegian Students
The research, published in BMJ Open, based its findings on responses from 53,266 Norwegian students.
Participants were surveyed on their frequency of energy drink consumption and sleep patterns, including bedtime, wake-up time, time taken to fall asleep, and instances of waking up during the night.
Industry Response: Observational Nature of Study Acknowledged
Gavin Partington of the British Soft Drinks Association noted that the study is observational and does not establish a causative relationship.
The industry representative urged caution in interpreting the results, emphasizing the need for comprehensive research on the subject.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn