Exhausted. Burnt out. Stressed. Tired. Do any of these words describe you?
From time to time, these words apply to all of us. Adults have kids to raise, jobs to do and all sorts of other details of life to figure out on a daily basis.
Kids have their own struggles, too. Between homework, sports, extracurricular activities and friends, there are plenty of things to make the average child tired or stressed out occasionally.
So what do you do when you're feeling a bit run down? More and more, today's kids are reaching for a wide variety of energy drinks.
Unfortunately, most energy drinks deliver only a big dose of sugar and caffeine. As you probably already know, too much sugar can be a very bad thing. While sugar itself is not inherently unhealthy, too much sugar can lead to many different health problems.
Too much caffeine, especially late in the day, can interfere with your sleep, making you more tired the following day. Excessive caffeine has also been linked to more serious health problems, including irregular heartbeats, high blood pressure, hallucinations and seizures.
Doctors recommend that kids stick with water or juices to stay hydrated. Children who exercise a lot may also benefit from specialty sports drinks or vitamin waters.
So if you need to recharge your batteries, steer clear of energy drinks. There are too many health risks associated with energy drinks, and you'll most likely end up feeling more burnt out when the sugar and caffeine wears off than you did to start with!