With 85% of Americans consuming caffeine daily, it’s no surprise we are living in a country where sleep is scarce. Energy drinks sustain many people throughout the day, necessitating comforts like adjustable mattresses and memory foam mattress toppers to promote sleep at night. With or without caffeine, a comfortable bed is no dangerous thing, but these artificially-infused energy drinks can disrupt a natural sleep cycle and general health.

Coffee, tea, and dark chocolates account for most of the caffeine consumed worldwide, but energy drinks have emerged as a growing alternative source, especially in North America. These large, carbonated cans have the benefits of accessibility and stronger doses, but this comes at a cost. One energy drink may contain as much as three times the amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. And though caffeine can act as an alerting agent, which can benefit mental and reactionary faculties, too much of it will alter heart rates, nerves, and the digestive system. It also carries a high risk of dependency. Drinking one energy drink on the drive to work may be an unconscious habit, but it triples the average amount of caffeine consumed around the world.

Most affected by these abnormally high doses of caffeine is your sleep. While the immediate effects of caffeine disappear within a few hours, it can linger in the body for up to 14 hours. If consumed too late in the day, many people cannot fall asleep for hours, and even then, deep sleep may be difficult or at times impossible to attain. Some energy drinkers may turn to sleeping pills or annually visit the mattress store, believing the problem is a sickness or matter of comfort. But for many, it’s just the artificial stimulants they are putting in their bodies. With too much caffeine in the bloodstream, true rest can’t occur, which starts a vicious cycle: you start to feel that energy drinks are essential just to function. It’s simple: energy drinks and sleep don’t mix!