Say 'goodnight' to energy drinks

By Layron Livingston - bio | email
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Just beyond the cooler door, a treasure trove of energy drinks can be seen, but forget the "power shots." Why not try a "power nap" that comes with a powerful warning.

"This product may cause drowsiness," said Daniel Griffith, reading the bottle. "Not recommended more than two servings within a 24 hour period.

"...and two servings is one can!" I said to Griffith.

Griffith says the first time he drank Drank, it tasted good, but gave him a headache.

The second time...

"[I] fell asleep about four hours," said Griffith. "I guess I got pretty relaxed."

Makers of the self proclaimed "extreme relaxation drink," Drank, urge drinkers to "slow their roll," combining Rose Hips, Valerian Root and Melatonin (the hormone that helps regulate sleep cycles) and other ingredients.

"Instead of wanting to go out and run, you just want to lay down and sleep," said Diana Rodriguez, a convenience store clerk

Rodriguez is not just a seller, she's also a buyer.

"Yeah, it's different," said Rodriguez.

Blue Cow is not available in East Texas, but claims to reduce stress without the drowsy effects. We did find the "pro-relaxation elixir," Purple Stuff. Makers say feelings of "well being" and "euphoria" are common. The label instructs drinkers to sip, first, to gauge tolerance for self control.

"There's nothing in here really that would cause me to think, 'Watch out! You might get addicted to it,'" said Justin Hooper, Pharmacy Clinical Manager with Mother Frances Hospital.

Hooper says there's no real evidence or scientific studies to support the relaxation drinks help you relax.

"I think it's a lot of really clever marketing," said Hooper. "If they're just drinking it because they like the taste of it, that's one thing, but if you're going out and seeking help for a legitimate medical concern, this definitely not the first place that I would go."

It's up to you to take the first..."drank." "Drank" cost us about $4 for one can. "Purple Stuff" cost us about $2. Our pharmacist warns that certain natural ingredients like Valerian can cause dangerous drug interactions for people taking blood pressure or cholesterol medications.

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