Sep
17
2011

5 Reasons Why You Should Stay Away From Energy Drinks

In the time-pressured society we live in, we often wish we had more time. More time to write this, more time to research that. More commonly, for students, more time to study for the upcoming exam. The list goes on forever. However, since we can not turn back time (yet, with technology at this writing), people often choose to make more use of their 24 hour days by sleeping less and staying awake more. However, our human bodies have been adapted to rest a certain amount of time. You know, I often wonder about this too. I wish I were a machine so I could stay up all night and do what I needed to do in order to succeed. However, we try, but you know that feeling. Our sleep overpowers us and we are left dozing off on our desks, drooling on our textbooks (personal account by the way). However, with todays food and drink technology, voila, we have energy drinks!

Energy drinks are everywhere! In every college campus, to every vendor or market. Really, you can blink all you want, but you will never miss sight of these so-called wonder drinks.

I mean, you take a drink, and magically, you feel awake and more alert! (By the way, it is not magic, it is science). What working individual or a studying student would not want this drink, right? Thus, you are more productive because you can study longer and do more! Your stress should be gone, right?

 

Right…?

 

Actually, it works counter-intuitively. Instead of reducing your stress, it will increase it in the long run. It seems to be a quick fix-me-upper rather than a useful solution. Having been an energy drink junkie a few years back, I can safely say, stay away. It serves no good purpose.

But then again, perhaps I drank too much. I remember a week where I drank 5+ drinks and I felt so depressed afterwards. I have since then come to realize how important sleep is when you need to relieve your stress. I am telling you, these were the days when I used to sleep 3 to 4 hours a night after studying. I tell you, not only were those days not fun, they were really detrimental to my academic career. And the truth is, it is a downward cycle going in the wrong direction. My friends, trying to not sleep and buy more time using energy drinks is a first-class ticket on a failboat. And of course, the only direction a failboat goes is down, as it sinks deeper and deeper.

The word “energy drink” makes me nauseous today. I have found another fix however. And that is a nice cup of Joe. Nice black coffee. I have to say, I do not drink it as often because I know its acidity is not too great for my body, but every now and then where I need to stay up a little longer, I get my fix. Funny thing is, I used to say half-jokingly that “sleep is for the weak! Study, study, study!” But I now realize that lack of sleep makes you weak. However, I seem to do my best work at the wee hours of the night. It is 4:51am as I write this sentence!

Bend your stress by getting a good night’s sleep. Who am I to say though, I am up at 5 am! However, I do like to sleep until late though, because I absolutely love the quiet environment and the darkness the night has to offer. I sometimes wonder if I am living my days backwards! However, the thing about me is, I am an adaptable student and there are days where I do sleep early. It is all a matter of my mood, my curiosity or what I have in the morning. But people, get some sleep!

A fatigued mind is more prone to stress and introduces a learning handicap. Remember, being able to bend stress means that you should try to set your body up physically to deal with the stress. Sure, not sleeping is bad. I know that and we all know that. But let’s take the time to listen to our bodies more. When our bodies tells us it wants to sleep, let’s sleep! Do not take energy drinks in order to keep it awake. Imagine if your car’s engine started to grind. You can feel the vibration through the steering wheel as you hear the high frequency noise. Stop the car and let it rest! Do not take it somewhere it does not want to go. Same with your bodies. If you really want to bend that stress, do not take energy drinks! It may sound tempting, but it offers no positives for the stressed mind. In fact, you might find that use and possible abuse may lead to a greater stress that is harder to bend!

Let me give you the 5 reasons why I believe energy drinks are bad.

1) Ingredients found in Energy Drinks can affect you heart rate and blood pressure.

2) Energy Drinks prevent your fatigued body from recovery through a great night’s sleep.

3) Regular use can create an addiction. Disagree? What if you take it for one exam in order to study all night. Will you try the same thing the next unprepared exam?

4) Energy drinks are high in sugar and offer no beneficial nutrients to the body.

5) Dependence may cause greater stress and depression.

 

These 5 reasons are all obstacles in the goal to bend our stress.

 

Friends, Let’s forget the stressors of today and fall into a deep, deep sleep. Tomorrow is a new day and let’s go in without stress. Let a good night’s sleep bend our stress!

About the Author: Kevin Kim

I have devoted my life to science and rational thinking. As a student in life's classroom, I am striving to learn something new every day. Graduate of UC Riverside, Class of 2012. Graduate Student at Keck Graduate Institute, part of the Claremont Colleges. Class of 2014 with a Masters in Bioscience. The track is pharmaceutical design and development with the ultimate goal of becoming a pharmacist who can also contribute scientifically through research. I hope that through my postings, people will no longer be crippled by stress and anxiety. Fight on! Fight Strong!

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