Study Links Shorter Sleep and Sugar-Sweetened Drink Consumption

SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- AME Co-Director, Dr. Aric Prather published a new study that will be included in the December 2016 issue of Sleep Health. According to the study of more than 18,000 adults, people who sleep five or fewer hours a night are likely to also drink significantly more sugary caffeinated drinks, such as sodas and energy drinks. 

“We think there may be a positive feedback loop where sugary drinks and sleep loss reinforce one another, making it harder for people to eliminate their unhealthy sugar habit,” said lead author Aric A. Prather, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry at UCSF. “This data suggests that improving people’s sleep could potentially help them break out of the cycle and cut down on their sugar intake, which we know to be linked to metabolic disease.”

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