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June 2, 2017

Last month, the unexpected death of a 16-year-old boy rattled the country as the cause of death was reported as a caffeine overdose. Since then, the safety of caffeine and caffeinated beverages has been a more prominent topic of discussion. While evaluating substances in our food supply could be a step toward positive change, there’s a related issue that deserves to be addressed.

Why are people, particularly teenagers, turning to caffeine to treat mental and physical fatigue?

Often, the answer lies in a lack of quality sleep. According to a poll, more than 87% of teens aren’t getting near the recommended amount of sleep, which can be upwards of 10 hours a night. This is strikingly problematic, as sleep does more than provide us with energy.

Sleep is also an integral part of metabolism. The majority of our HGH (human growth hormone) is released during stage 3 of sleep. HGH is essential for normal growth and repair, but is needed in higher quantities...

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