Americans do love energy drinks as much as their early morning cup of coffee. We all know that caffeine and even energy drinks kick energy in us helping us to keep awake and alert and that’s why we heavily rely on them. Not knowing that our unhealthy dependence on energy drinks is an actual reason for our persistent tossing and turning in the bed.
Energy drinks contain a good amount of caffeine and sugar that helps increasing energy and alertness on a temporary basis. Take any energy drink and you’ll find 50-80mg of caffeine in it. So while you’re busy emptying that your cup of Joe, you are actually brewing a trouble for yourself.
Let’s take a more specific example that how your energy drinks causing you a number of sleep problems. A study conducted on U.S soldiers in order to study the link between the energy drinks and sleep problems. An experiment involved total 1,200 soldiers deployed in Afghanistan, they consumed more than two energy drinks every day had trouble sleeping while on guard duty. The study involved all brands of energy drinks including Monster, Red Bull, and 5-Hour energy. Soldiers reported that they sometimes or often fall asleep while sitting in briefings and they have made a mistake while on duty as they experienced sleepiness.
Most energy drinks have a good amount of caffeine and excessive consumption of energy drinks can even lead to more severe problems such as having a heart attack. An overdose of caffeine can cause death too.
A large chunk of U.S population does consume energy drinks in an excessive amount, which is seriously alarming as energy drinks are posing a number of health risks. Consuming too many energy drinks can cause:
- Change in sleeping patterns
- Rapid heart rate
- Heart palpitations
Excessive consumption of energy drinks certainly has a direct impact on your physical and mental health. It multiplies your risk if you consume another drug at the same time. For instance, drinking energy drinks with alcohol or drugs increases your chances of having severe complications than when you are in your conscious. It’s because you may end up drinking too much alcohol with energy drinks if you lose control. It occurs because energy drinks mask the effects of alcohol and you keep continue drinking.
Energy drinks are commonly sold and are available easily at any corner of your neighboring areas. We easily grab a bottle of that fizzy energy drink while playing sports. But again these caffeine-contained energy drinks can cause dehydration and you may end up gulping down even more causing more dehydration without realizing it.
Energy drinks are also lacking nutritional value and haven’t been proven for years. They are usually not recommended for children and young people as there have been cases of energy drinks causing sleep irregularities, bed-wetting and anxiety in them who consume them and even doctors advise to cut back their intake in children to treat these problems in children.