Exam time is always stressful for students regardless of whether you are in High School or University or just sitting exams like the GAMSAT etc. During this time there is that need to stay alert and awake to study and perform.
However, energy drinks are not the solution to the problem. Some energy drinks contain a whopping 21 teaspoons of sugar along with two and a half shots of caffeine. Now this might seem like a great way to keep your mind active and alert, but more commonly, your concentration and energy levels drop right when you need it the most, impairing your ability to study and concentrate.
Apart from not helping to keep you alert, energy drinks are also a major contributing factor to both tooth decay and erosion due to the high sugar content and the acidity. Other risks can include weight gain, developing heart and kidney disease, Type II diabetes, stroke and some cancers.
The Rethink Sugary Drinks Alliance recommends the following for students (Obtained from the ADA).
- Eat a healthy breakfast such as oats, natural yoghurt and fruit, or two eggs on toast.
- Get plenty of fresh air by going for a walk outside or visiting a friend.
- Stay hydrated with lots of tap water.
- Avoid sitting for long periods of time – get up and move around even for a minute or two.
- Do regular physical activity such as a 20-minute jog, yoga or Pilates.
- Make a quick call to a loved one or a good friend to talk things through and clear the mind.
- Eat healthy snacks like nuts, natural yoghurt, fruit and toast.
- Go easy on the caffeine. It disturbs your sleep and makes you more tired the next day.