In the run up to the end of the semester, there can seem like a never ending list of assignments and projects to do and exams to study for.

Let’s face it, even with good intentions, chances are all these things on the to-do list have been left until the last minute and now, it’s freak out time. There’s 12 weeks’ worth of cramming to be done and not enough hours in the day; the only quick-fix solution? Overload on energy drinks, develop insomnia and hope for the best.

Energy drinks to aid you in your all-nighter sessions can actually be detrimental to your health and here are the reasons why. 

Energy drinks contain twice the amount of caffeine than in a normal cup of coffee. One can equals 500 mgs of caffeine, which means that an energy drink binge can cause severe caffeine overdose. Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, anxiety and muscle tension.

The sugar in energy drinks can also contribute to type two diabetes and obesity. Some energy drinks claim that their drinks are ‘sugar free’, but these drinks contain sugar in a different context such as glucose or fructose or syrup. This high sugar content leads to a spike in your insulin level which causes the ‘crash-like’ feeling.

Drinking excess amounts of energy drinks can adversely affect your sleeping pattern. While being able to stay up all night may seem like a golden opportunity to catch up on college work and study, the ‘crash’ from the energy drinks will leave you exhausted and unable to concentrate on your work and may make you unable to sleep at all.

Energy shots are marketed as a convenient alternative to the larger versions of energy drinks. However, these energy shots contain the same amount of caffeine, guarana and ginseng as the normal sized energy drinks which increases the risk of caffeine overdose and negative effects on your heart rate and blood pressure.

Instead of picking up a can of Red Bull, Monster, Shark or Bear, try some of the alternatives available, that will allow you to concentrate on your study and have much more productive study sessions and still manage to get your well- needed 7-8 hours of sleep a day.

Make sure to drink plenty of water so your body stays hydrated and alert. By replacing water with caffeine, we cause our bodies and our minds to become sluggish and spaced out. This is definitely the opposite of what you need in the run up to exams.

It’s also important to include protein in your diet such as eggs, chicken and turkey. These kinds of foods will fend off fatigue, leaving you feeling bright and alert all day long.

Stay healthy, people. Don't give in to the binge.