2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

The Relationship between Academic Pressure, Sleep Deprivation, and Caffeine Consumption among College Students at a Highly Selective Institution
Ashley M. Shields
Dr. Roberta Donahue, Faculty Mentor

The pressure to succeed during a college students undergraduate years combined with a lack of sleep, may contribute to increased stress and the use of or reliance on caffeine and caffeinated beverages. Highly caffeinated beverages such as Red Bull, Monster, and 5-hour energy shots, are readily available to all age groups and these drinks are heavily marketed toward, and used by, the college student population (Malinauskas, Aeby, Overton, Carpernter-Aeby, & Barber-Heidal, 2007). The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between academic pressures and sleep deprivation on caffeine consumption at a highly selective university. The researcher used Dr. E. Landrums Caffeine Consumption Questionnaire and created a 24-item survey to assess this relationship. The survey will be completed by a convenience sample of approximately 100 college students. Data will be analyzed using a multivariate analysis in SPSS to determine the strength of the associations.

Keywords: caffeine, college, students, pressure, academic

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 106-3
Location: MG 1098
Time: 8:30

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