Military Study Shows Excess Consumption of Energy Drinks Can Paradoxically Increase Sleep Problems and Daytime Sleepiness

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research analyzed data collected regarding armed service members in Afghanistan in 2010 to determine the extent of energy drink use and the association with sleep problems and sleepiness during combat operations. The analysis showed that 44.8% of deployed service members consumed at least one energy drink daily, with 13.9% drinking three or more a day.

Service members drinking three or more energy drinks a day were significantly more likely to report sleeping 4 hours or less a night on average than those consuming two drinks or fewer. Those who drank three or more drinks a … Read the rest