I find that the only way I can get the energy to stay awake for my morning classes and have the energy to ride after school is to drink coffee throughout the day. I know it’s not the best thing for me – sometimes I feel a little jittery, and I have trouble sleeping. Is there a better way to stay energized? - 17yo Coffee Drinker
Dear Energy Seeker,
I understand this loop you can get pulled into: first you have low energy so you drink coffee, but then you have too much caffeine and you are tired but can’t sleep at night. The next morning, you need for more coffee and the cycle starts over. I like to say that you’re doing alright if ONE coffee or caffeinated drink gives you the edge you need to feel your best, but when you rely on these stimulants to get through the day, then it should probably be addressed.