Teens Need Caffeine

Emma Najera

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Waking up early, bags underneath their heavy eyes, going to school eight hours a day along with staying up late to finish homework, not to mention all the extra curricular activities after school, just to do it all over again. Some teenagers will fall asleep in class from how busy their schedule is, some of them decide to use something to give them a little boost throughout the day. 

Teenagers and Young adults consume approximately 100mg of caffeine daily.  

“I drink at least two cups of coffee a day,” said Kyle Cartagena, “if I don’t have coffee I feel really tired, lazy unmotivated and just really irritated for the whole day.” 

Caffeine is considered the most commonly used drug in the world, it helps increase alertness, concentration, motivation to work and it increases your metabolism and mood, it also helps exercise performance. 

“Coffee makes me happy, I would drink it before practice and every morning just to be more awake and not so tired,” said Susannah Alcaraz 

If you stop taking caffeine regularly you can have symptoms for more than a day especially if you consume two or more cups of coffee a day. Symptoms of withdrawal from caffeine include headaches, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating. 

“I tend to drink one caffeine beverage everyday if it’s not coffee then it will be some sort of energy drink,” said Mark Macias,” I can go through a day without any caffeine but my production throughout the day fades.”  

Although caffeine is known to get people moving, some people drink caffeine to relax. 

“I usually like to drink coffee when I’m trying to relax,” said Sadire Flores, “I know caffeine usually gets people hyper but when I drink it, I usually get really sleepy because it relaxes me.” 

Caffeine itself doesn’t cause drowsiness. Coffee, however, is a complex beverage and drinking it can make you feel tired at times, according to an article on driftaway coffee.com. 

“I started drinking coffee when I was about 11 or 12,” said Kyle Cartagena,” Coffee has helped me stay awake in class and it changes my bad moods into being positive.”

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