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Students turn to caffeine to keep alert in school

Lauren Keister | Staff Editor

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Seventh grader Elizabeth Miles drinks coffee. Photo by Lauren Keister.

One drip to one cup, seventh graders are finding a way to stay awake through the long hard days. Coffee.

Dr. Marcie Schneider, a physician and former member of the American Academy of Pediatrics committee on nutrition said that according to her research study, 75 percent of children who consume caffeine, and the more caffeine that they consume, the less they sleep.

Coffee usually made up of 50 percent caffeine; it is brewed from coffee beans. The rest depends on what type of coffee you order.

Schneider said caffeine has different effects on different people.

“For some people, caffeine enhances their moods,” Schneider said. “For others, it makes it worse. For kids who have some anxiety, and it may even be under control in normal conditions, caffeine can really increase anxiety.”

Not all seventh graders drink coffee. According to seventh grader Karley Broyles, she drinks coffee rarely because she doesn’t like it.

“I have only drank coffee two to three times,” Broyles said. “I hate it.”

Seventh grader Nadana Nair said that coffee helps her focus at school.

“I have coffee once every two to three weeks, but I feel more energized (and) focused at school,” Nair said.



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