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Sleep problems and energy product use associated with increased alcohol use in teens

Results show that both sleeping problems and use of energy products are associated with greater risk of alcohol use in teenagers, according to a study conducted by the RAND Corporation.

“Our findings suggest that teenagers may be using highly caffeinated energy products to cope with sleep loss, and both sleep problems and energy product use are associated with increased risk of alcohol use,” said lead author Wendy Troxel, PhD, behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation.

The research abstract was published recently in an online supplement of the journal Sleep and will be presented Wednesday, June 10 in Seattle, Washington, at SLEEP 2015, the 29th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC.

The study group comprised 2,539 racially/ethnically diverse teens. The mean age of the study subjects was 16 and 54.2 percent was female. The current study was a cross-sectional examination of the association between self-reported measures of trouble sleeping, weekend and weekday total sleep time, and energy product use, and past month alcohol use. They also examined associations separately by race/ethnicity for Whites, Hispanics, Asians and “Other” racial/ethnic categories.

The study was supported with funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Abstract Title: Sleepy Teens and Energy Product Use: Risk Factors for Teen Alcohol Use
Abstract ID: 0066
Presentation Date: Wednesday, June 10
Presentation Type: Poster 57
Presentation Time: 10:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

The SLEEP 2015 abstract supplement is available at http://journalsleep.org/ViewAbstractSupplement.aspx

For a copy of the abstract or to arrange an interview with the study author or an AASM spokesperson, please contact AASM Communications Coordinator Lynn Celmer at 630-737-9700, ext. 9364, or [email protected].

About SLEEP 2015
More than 5,000 sleep medicine physicians and sleep scientists will gather at SLEEP 2015, the 29th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS), which will be held June 6-10 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The scientific program will include about 1,200 research abstract presentations. The APSS is a joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society (www.sleepmeeting.org). 

About the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Established in 1975, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) improves sleep health and promotes high quality patient centered care through advocacy, education, strategic research, and practice standards. With nearly 10,000 members, the AASM is the largest professional membership society for physicians, scientists and other health care providers dedicated to sleep medicine (www.aasmnet.org).

CONTACT: Lynn Celmer, 630-737-9700, ext. 9364, [email protected]

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