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University Very, Very Sorry It Gave Lab Students 'Easily Fatal' Doses of Caffeine

In a lab experiment gone very wrong, a British university gave two caffeine study subjects doses of caffeine that could have killed them, Gizmodo reports. The university received a half-million-dollar fine for what was described as a “decimal point” mistake in figuring the doses. Luckily the students made a full recovery despite severe and “violent” side effects.

While I’m uncertain what the purpose of this study was, we do know that high amounts of caffeine in much lower doses can negatively affect your body. For example, one study showed that people who slept five or fewer hours a night drank more sugar-sweetened caffeinated beverages than people who slept longer. Interestingly, one reason people consume caffeine is because they’re tired, causing a cycle of sleeplessness and caffeine consumption.

Poor sleep is also known to have a significant bearing on metabolic disorders such as obesity, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. If you struggle with sugar and other carb cravings and find it difficult to stick with a healthy diet, improving your sleep hygiene and sleeping more could help you get on the right dietary, and weight loss, track.

Caffeine aside, consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks has repeatedly been identified as a risk factor for metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. A meta-analysis found that drinking one or more 250 ml (8.45 ounces) servings of soda per day raised the individual’s risk of type 2 diabetes by 18 percent.

If you’re not getting enough sleep, please review my 33 Secrets to a Good Night's Sleep, where you’ll find simple tips you can use, starting tonight, to improve your sleep.
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