December 20, 2013,
Why do non-exercisers have a harder time getting a good night of sleep than those who exercise? This week's poll findings shed some light on that question. One answer, clearly, is caffeine consumption.
Those who report being light, moderate or vigorous exercisers drink an average of slightly more than 3 caffeinated beverages on the average workday. But the figure soars to an average of 5 caffeinated drinks for those who don't exercise.
Caffeine, we know, can rob us of a good night of sleep, especially if caffeine is consumed in the late afternoons and evenings, as caffeine stays in the human body for hours. And non-exercisers are drinking significantly more caffeinated drinks than those who exercise.
Applying the Findings
This data helps retail sales associates give their customers helpful information on caffeine consumption. Most consumers don't really think about how many caffeinated drinks they consume on an average workday. This chart provides the answer.
RSAs can use this data to educate consumers about the threat to better sleep posed by high levels of caffeine consumption. Most consumers would be interested to see where they stand on this list. And, hopefully, they might be motivated to make better decisions during the day when it comes to drinking caffeinated beverages.
Exercise & caffeine
NUMBER OF CAFFEINATED BEVERAGES CONSUMED ON AVERAGE WORKDAY
Percent consuming by activity level
Four to five
Six to 10
More than 10
|Don’t know/not sure/refused|
Source: National Sleep Foundation 2013 Poll