Relaxation drinks for insomnia come with health risks - and, perhaps unsurprisingly, so do energy drinks.
In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics is now trying to draw more attention to the fact that teenage consumption of energy drinks (especially when mixed with alcohol) can lead to a number of harmful effects including insomnia, dehydration, anxiety and even heart and digestive problems.
It's not just the caffeine that's to blame; the addition of other stimulants such as ginseng, taurine and guarana enhance the effects of caffeine.
All these stimulants go unreglated. Not only does this mean that manufacturers have no limits when it comes to how much they can add to energy drinks, it also means that levels can vary wildly between products and that we don't fully understand (and haven't fully researched) the effects these stimulants have on the body.
If you think caffeine is harmless, you should know that it has been linked to a number of harmful health effects in children - including effects on the neurologic and cardiovascular systems.
American Academy of Pediatrics doctors have this to say:
Energy drinks are never appropriate for children or adolescents.
I would have to agree.
Source: Deseret News
Last updated: March 18, 2013