It’s exam time and that means stress time. You know it’s coming, you thought you were well- prepared, but the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft a-gley, whatever that means. In any event, you have to stay up later, study more, and sleep less. In order to do that, you need energy, and lots of it. Who doesn’t this time of year? So you reach for that energy drink in the slightly-larger than- pony-sized bottle of pure kickapoo joy juice, or a reasonable facsimile, not once, not twice, but four times a day. We know this because we see them all over the building.
But wait a minute? Should you? According to a recent study, you need to be careful. All those bottles of pure energy elixir are really powerful bottles of caffeine and lots of it. Researchers didn’t know until now that they affect the contractions of the heart, specifically the left ventricle, and that can bring on palpitations, racing heart, seizures and yes, even death. Because the effects are mainly in the heart, they may even trigger arrhythmia in normally healthy young people.
As with all such studies, the energy drink folks are complaining that the study is flawed and that they are as harmless as a cup of coffee. Your takeaway should be that moderation is everything. When you think you need a pick me up why not de-stress at the library de-stress center, take a walk, a jog, or splash cold water on your face?
But whatever you do, think twice about chug-a-lugging multiple bottles of those energy drinks, or really anything that is caffeine-laden.