The Truth About ENERGY Drinks!

September 29, 2006

69318754.jpgThose working overtime or late nights may resort to the so called Energy Drinks to hopefully boost their energy level and keep them awake.  However recent research has shown otherwise. 

The findings of a rersearch done in Sleep Center in University of Loughborough in UK published in Human Psychopharmacology found that one hour after drinking a high-sugar, low-caffeine drink… ” people had slower reaction times and experienced more lapses in concentration than if they had consumed a caffeine- and sugar-free beverage.”

It was noted that majority of these energy drinks actually contain lots of sugar around 8 teaspoons that can induce sleepiness around 70 minutes after consumption rather than boosting ones energy.  The short “sugar rush” effect also disappears right away within minutes.

My advise is… if you have to use energy drinks… choose one with caffeine in them because it is actually the caffeine that counteracts sleepiness.  But keep in mind that a dose of caffeine large enough to have an energizing effect like the one present in 1 regular soda or cup of coffee can only last for 3 hours… which should be good enough.

Another reason to enjoy coffee while working late!

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4 Responses to “The Truth About ENERGY Drinks!”

  1. maxim Says:

    In my case doctor, caffeine is soporific. What workds for me is just plain water and some stretching when I need to work late.

  2. wilson Says:

    HI Doc,

    I guess the best way is not to borrow too much….. going around with lack of sleep or working long hours may sound like you are getting ahead , but I do know that it exacts a high interest on the person, so dont borrow too much.

    try to sleep and work hard regularly.


  3. Katrina Says:

    Hello Doc,

    I’m a med student at CDU and I used to always drink one of those energy drinks to stay up last year. I finally stopped because I noticed their effects wore off quickly and I would end up falling asleep earlier than without them. I also gained 8 pounds my first year of med school and am starting to wonder if all that sugar (in the energy drinks) had anything to do with it.

    Interesting article.

  4. Doc Gerry Says:

    Definitely Katrina… can you imagine taking all those extra 8 teaspoons of sugar daily whew… extra calories for nothing! Am glad you learned something from the post.

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