|Society bursting with energy|
|Written by The Vidette Editorial Board|
|Tuesday, 29 January 2013 14:50|
With all the stress that burdens the everyday American, one can easily become exhausted. This exhaustion can inhibit performance in school, work or in basic everyday activities. Like most, once this exhaustion sets in, we have a tendency to reach for the nearest caffeinated beverage or energy shot, hoping to become more productive. Most of us do not think of the repercussions of the abuse of caffeine because it has become such an acceptable part of today’s society.
The repercussions of the excess consumption of caffeinated beverages can be extremely minor or incredibly severe. One person might suffer from an irregular sleep schedule, while another might react to “caffeine intoxication,” which includes symptoms like irregular heartbeat, anxiety, headaches and even physical and mental dependency. In some cases, even hospitalization has occurred due to caffeine over-consumption.
In recent years, hospitalization due to the consumption of too many energy drinks has increased dramatically. This is directly correlated with the availability of extremely caffeinated drinks at almost every gas station and supermarket.
According to a column published in TIME Magazine, “[Energy drink] consumption is skyrocketing — sales topped eight billion in the U.S alone, a nearly 15% increase from a year ago.”
Most of these energy drinks contain only a little more caffeine than a basic cup of coffee, but some can contain much more. People sometimes drink multiple energy drinks every day, not realizing the danger they are putting themselves in by consuming such a large amount of a stimulant.
Society’s obsession with caffeine has gotten out of hand.
In the past, if someone wanted to obtain caffeine, he/she would normally grab a cup of coffee or tea.
Today, caffeine is not only present in drinks, but it is now being incorporated into products that have no business containing caffeine, like nuts and chewing gum.
Although caffeine does have some negative repercussions, it can also have positive effects on a person as well. The jolt of energy provided by caffeine can increase productivity and concentration.
Caffeine can help students stay up late in order to study for a challenging upcoming exam, or help truck drivers stay awake on the highway during their incredibly demanding work schedule. Just like most products in this world, caffeine can have positive effects when it is used in moderation.
Instead of downing unhealthy amounts of caffeine, one can increase his/her energy with healthier alternative methods. Exercise, eating healthily and getting plenty of sleep can dramatically increase energy levels.
The right sleeping techniques can quell the urge to consume caffeine.