Energy Drinks: Is It Safe for Tired Moms to Get Buzzed?

Would you believe there are now are at least 200 different energy drinks on the market? Yep. It’s a billion-dollar industry. But is it a good idea to get an energy-drink buzz when the demands of parenthood are wearing you out?

“There was a time when we would get our caffeine intake from coffee and cola, but now there are a number of caffeine-containing beverages, and we need to be careful because over a period of 24 hours, that caffeine intake is cumulative,” says Dee Rollins, R.D., PhD, a dietitian with Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine in Grapevine, Texas.

Experts say energy-drink consumers should keep careful track of the amount of caffeine they get in a day. “If you know that 400 milligrams a day is the upper limit, you can check the back of the labels and make sure that you don’t get more than that,” explains Rollins.

It may sound like a lot, but 400 milligrams is roughly the equivalent of just one energy drink and two cups of coffee. Getting more than that can lead to jitteriness, nausea, heart palpitations — and in extreme cases, more severe symptoms.

“It can be so bad that if you take too much caffeine you can end up in the hospital thinking you have flu-like symptoms and really it’s caffeine overdose,” says Rollins.

For most people — if they’re not getting more than around 400 milligrams of caffeine a day — these energy drinks are safe, says Rollins. But here are some important things to remember:

°    Don’t drink energy beverages while exercising. It can lead to severe dehydration.

°    Don’t ever mix these drinks with alcohol. Doing so can not only mask how intoxicated you really are, it can be extremely dehydrating.

°    Remember that, in addition to caffeine, most energy drinks contain very high amounts of sugar and sodium, which can be dangerous for diabetics or those with high blood pressure.

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2 Responses to “Energy Drinks: Is It Safe for Tired Moms to Get Buzzed?”

  1. Dawn says:

    I am a single mom, night job and school. I have to say that I have probably spent way too much on energy drinks just to stay awake to be the faithful mother that i want to be. I dont want my children to spend the first few years of their lives with their mother passed out on the couch while they watch TV. That’s just a sad thing, so I turn to energy drinks. Unfortunately, I find myself getting dizzy, feeling like im going to vomit, jitters and an extreme burst of energy with a pretty hard crash. To keep from crashing, I try to keep the caffiene in my system so I can at least wait till the kids go to bed to pass out. This past week, i think ive gotten about 15 hours of sleep.

  2. Kathy Sena says:

    Dawn, you are carrying a lot on your shoulders and I applaud you for trying to be the best mom you can be.
    Be sure to take care of yourself! That’s one of the best gifts you can give your kids. So if it’s late at night and you’re reading this, shut off the computer and hit the sack! ;)