Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Energy Drinks Lead to Insomnia in Athletes




We’ve written numerous times in the past about the potential dangers of energy drinks, especially as it relates to teens. The excessive amounts of caffeine consumed have led kids to suffer from caffeine poisoning. There have been several deaths in the US, and multiple emergency room admittances due to energy drink consumption.

A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition looked at the effect of energy drinks on athletes. It reveals that they too suffer from unwanted side effects of these drinks. Athletes were given energy drinks or placebos before a sporting event. Their performance during the event (speed, height of jump, etc…) was measured, as well as their subjective feeling about it.

While the athletes did perform slightly better, and felt it too, there was a problem. They suffered from insomnia, nervousness, and activeness in the hours following consumption. These are well documented side effects of caffeine over-consumption.
What’s wrong with coffee?


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