Commercials on TV make soda and energy drinks look appealing. They show people guzzling the beverages while playing extreme sports and hanging out with friends. But what these ads don’t tell you is that too much caffeine, the chemical stimulant drug added to these beverages to give you that lift, could be harmful to your health—and your grades.
Researchers recently found that middle school students who consumed even one energy drink per day were 66 percent more likely to show signs of hyperactivity. Symptoms of hyperactivity include a lack of focus, increased anxiety and heart rate, and disrupted sleep. This could be a big problem, because a 2014 study found that 73 percent of American kids consume caffeine daily.