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Caffeine At Midnight

Caffeine At Midnight

By Danielle Rath
Is getting good sleep a struggle? Is your cup of coffee the only thing that gets you out of bed? Do you have questions about energy drinks? If so, this podcast is for you! Where you get your caffeine, how much, how fast, how often - these tiny details make a big difference in your physical and emotional exhaustion. Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide is here to guide you through it. Whether it's your work, your kids, or your midterms stealing your sleep, GreenEyedGuide can help you beat burnout with caffeine science. Podcast References and Show Notes at
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Cutting Back on Caffeine DOs and DON'Ts
How to determine if you need to cut back on caffeine and how to do it without experiencing caffeine withdrawal symptoms. Reference:
July 03, 2021
Caffeine Side Effects: Signs You've Had Too Much and What to Do About It
Caffeine side effects are usually because you’ve had too much. Learn the top 15 Caffeine Overdose symptoms, from most common to most severe. Then learn what you can do to enjoy your caffeine without these side effects.
July 02, 2021
Caffeine and Headaches: From Triggers to Treatments
If you often get headaches, should you drink caffeine or not? In this episode, Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide summarizes the 5 recommendations for Caffeine Use for Migraine Sufferers. Learn the 3 ways caffeine can trigger a headache and 3 ways caffeine can treat a headache. This episode includes a discussion of the top 10 migraine triggers and the "coffee paradox" of how caffeine both widens and narrows the blood vessels.
July 01, 2021
3 Tips for Finding Clean Energy Drinks
Yes, "clean" energy drinks DO exist, but don't be fooled by marketing. Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide reviews the 3 most important things you should look for on a label if you want an energy drink that's both clean AND healthy. Get your copy of the Energy Drink Report Card at
June 22, 2021
Coffee vs Energy Drinks for Studying - Which is Better?
Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide recaps the three most important things you need to know about using caffeine for studying, and three actionable tips you can use to help boost your cognitive performance for your next exam. References stated within. Explore the blog and Freebie Vault at
June 01, 2021
Bang Keto Coffee vs Placebo for Exercise Performance
If you use caffeine to workout, this one is for you. If you wonder whether Bang Keto Coffee would make your workouts even better, this one is for you. Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide is your guide to what the data means to you. First, a summary of the research paper on Bang® Keto Coffee Energy Drink vs placebo on exercise performance. Second, a review of placebo dos-and-donts. Finally, a recap of the International Society of Sport Nutrition's official position on caffeine and exercise performance. Get your copy of the Energy Drink Report Card at Take the "Can I Drink This Every Day?" online course FREE! EPISODE REFERENCES: 1. "Effects of Bang® Keto Coffee Energy Drink on Metabolism and Exercise Performance in Resistance-Trained Adults: A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Crossover Study" doi: 10.1186/s12970-020-00374-5. 2. "A Rough Guide to Types of Scientific Evidence" at 3. "International society of sports nutrition position stand: caffeine and exercise performance" doi: 10.1186/s12970-020-00383-4.
May 13, 2021
Caffeine Content in Coffee Drinks
Why don't coffees have to label the caffeine content? What does "a standard cup of coffee" mean? And how do different coffee and wannabe-coffee energy drinks compare? Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide gives you these answers plus other helpful Caffeine Science tips. Watch the YouTube version at and get your copy of the Energy Drink Report Card at
May 04, 2021
How I Became "GreenEyedGuide"
Danielle Robertson Rath shares how she became so passionate about the science behind caffeine and energy drinks, plus where the moniker "GreenEyedGuide" comes from. Learn more at
April 26, 2021
Queen Elsa and the 5 Levels of Fatigue
Learn to identify your Level of Fatigue using examples from Queen Elsa in Frozen. The 5 Levels of Fatigue is a system for caffeine lovers who struggle with stress and sleep-deprivation. This system covers caffeine, safety, and mental health. Every Level of Fatigue requires a different strategy. Watch the YouTube version of this demo at Get your copy of the Energy Drink Report Card at
April 16, 2021
Energy Drinks vs Coffee for Stress and Sleep-Deprivation
Caffeine boosts mood and alertness, but does it matter whether that caffeine comes from coffee or an energy drink? YES! But not for the reasons you'd expect. Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide reviews the implications of a research paper titled, "Nurses Consuming Energy Drinks Report Poorer Sleep and Higher Stress." Whether you get your caffeine from coffee or an energy drink, GreenEyedGuide covers the 3 most important things you need to know. Reference DOI: 10.1177/0193945919840991. Visit to get your copy of the Energy Drink Report Card
March 31, 2021
Doing an Energy Audit Before Making A Career or Lifestyle Change
Burned out? Exhausted? When you're in a bad mood, you might conclude you need to make a change like quitting your job or moving away. But good moods can fool us too. In this episode, Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide explains how to do an Energy Audit using the 5 Levels of Fatigue. This audit can help you identify small, meaningful changes you can make, as well as whether a big change is needed. Learn more at
March 22, 2021
Fact Checking "Energy Drink Related ER Visits Doubled"
You've probably read "energy drink related ER visits have doubled". But this isn't the full story. Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide reviews the headlines, the science, and what caffeine lovers need to do. References in the podcast companion at
March 11, 2021
What is Caffeine Awareness Month?
March is Caffeine Awareness Month! Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide shares 3 ways caffeine lovers can celebrate. Learn more at
March 03, 2021
Science Behind Vibal Energy Tea
Vibal Energy Tea review: Ingredients, caffeine content, and comparison against Monster Rehab with Lemonade. PLUS - Do Vitamin C and Caffeine get along? Here's what you need to know.
February 24, 2021
The Trouble with Ginseng
Ginseng is a popular ingredient in energy drinks and other health beverages. But what does it do? Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide summarizes the science to help you shop smarter. Reference: "Are You A Monster or a Rock Star: A Guide to Energy Drinks' and references therein. Available on Amazon and Audible.
February 24, 2021
5 Ways Coffee Beats Energy Drinks
Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide share 5 situations where coffee is a better choice than energy drinks. FEAT. Fire Dept Coffee Promo Code for Caffeine Awareness Month. Related Content on YouTube: Coffee Vs Energy Drinks-Which is Better For Studying
February 15, 2021
Fact Check: Energy Drinks and the Tongue
In this Quick Bites episode, 3 things you need to know about headlines saying Energy Drinks Damage the Tongue. References: (1) (2)
February 11, 2021
Caffeine and the Barks-Doggie Law
More caffeine does not always mean more energy. Ever feel like your coffee isn't working? In this episode, Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide explains what's happening and how to avoid caffeine withdrawal, jitters, and other side-effects. Ref: A review of caffeine's effect on cognitive, physical, and occupational performance.
February 08, 2021
Science Behind Caffeine Crash and How to Avoid It
In this episode, Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide explains what's happening when you crash after caffeine and how to avoid it. BONUS-Meet Fire Dept Coffee and get a promo code for your first bag as part of Caffeine Awareness Month.
February 04, 2021
Burnout and Caffeine Use in Collegiate Athletic Trainers
Like physicians and nurses, athletic trainers experience a high level of emotional exhaustion. Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide reviews a new research study and explains how YOU can use this data for your own struggle with burnout (whether you drink caffeine or not). REFERENCES: Burnout and Substance Use in Collegiate Athletic Trainers. J Athl Train (2020) 55 (7): 744–751.
January 27, 2021
How Energy Drinks Change Formulas for Canada
Due to Canada's energy drink laws, energy drinks like Bang look a little different in Canada vs the USA. Podcast listener Chase K. shares some interesting observations on the Canadian Energy Drink market. This is a supplement to the pervious episode on Canada's Energy Drink Ban. Send your questions or feedback to View the Podcast Archives and Show Notes at
January 25, 2021
Why Canadians Can't Buy Bang
Energy drinks like Bang, Reign, and Ashoc with 300mg/16oz can cannot be sold in Canada. In this episode Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide talks about why. And why the FDA should follow Canada's strategy for energy drink bans. Watch the demo of what Canada's Ban looks like using water and rice at
January 24, 2021
Quick Shots: 3 Reasons Energy Drink Bans FAIL
Why energy drink bans FAIL to protect minors from the dangers of energy drinks (and what we SHOULD do INSTEAD). References available at in the corresponding blog post.
January 15, 2021
Everything wrong with The Rock's new energy drink
Set your BS-meter to high. Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide dissects the news surrounding Dwayne The Rock Johnson's new energy drink. Refernces: See the corresponding blog post at or the YouTube episode by the same name on the GreenEyedGuide YouTube channel. Zoa Announcement Source:
January 13, 2021
How Burnout Turns Heroes into Jerks
Ever try to help someone out and then get overwhelmed and flustered in the process? Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide shares her story plus 5 tips to help you avoid the same fate! Host GreenEyedGuide helps people beat burnout with caffeine science. Learn more at Reference: "Work and Sleep: Research Insights for the Workplace"
January 05, 2021
What Caffeine and Energy Drinks Do To Your Liver - It’s Not All Bad News
Did you know coffee helps the liver? But what about energy drinks? In this episode, Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide reviews the science behind what caffeine and energy drinks do to your liver. Research References: R1.DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2017.00080. R2.PMID:26157880. R3.DOI:10.1016/j.jceh.2016.02.003. R4.DOI:10.1080/1040-830491379245. R5.DOI: 10.1053/j.gastro.2013.02.015. R6.
December 17, 2020
Science Behind Kill Cliff Ignite
How does Kill Cliff Ignite compare to the stereotypical energy drink? Is it safe? Can you drink this every day? Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide answers these questions and more. Download the FREE Energy Drink Report Card at
December 10, 2020
How Good/Bad is Your Favorite Caffeinated Drink?
A review of top-selling energy drinks, shots, coffees, and teas and where they land on the Energy Drink Report Card from RED (Run Away!) To GREEN (Drink Every Day). See the full list at Visit for even more drink ratings and Caffeine Science.
December 01, 2020
Is Tea an Energy Drink?
If you add energy drink ingredients to tea, is it still "tea"? Learn the 3 criteria which turn "just tea" into an "energy drink". Featuring example Marquis - Want to leave a review? Go to Google Maps and search "GreenEyedGuide".
November 17, 2020
How to NOT Overdose on Caffeine When You're Old(er)
Did you know people in their 50s drink 2x as much caffeine as college students? If you drink a lot of caffeine TODAY here's how to improve your FUTURE health and caffeine habits. Get "How to Get Sh*t Done When You Feel Like Sh*t" on Amazon for more tips.
November 09, 2020
3 Energy Boosting Tricks for Daylight Saving Time
Feeling more frazzled and tired this week because of DST? Try these 3 energy boosting tricks. Stay safe! To learn more tricks, buy How to Get Sh*t Done When You Feel Like Sh*t from
November 03, 2020
Alarming (?) Trends in Energy Drink Use
People who use energy drinks consume more caffeine than people who drink coffee or tea. Should you be alarmed? Are energy drink users in danger? Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide shares 3 key takeaways from a national survey PLUS a recap of how much caffeine is safe to have in 1 day. Source: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, as analyzed in "Trends in Energy Drink Consumption Among U.S. Adolescents and Adults, 2003-2016". Join the GreenEyedGuide community and get your free guide to the Best and Worst Top-selling Energy Drinks at
October 27, 2020
Energy Drinks are Like Slytherins
The legal definition of "Energy Drink" plus 3 reasons energy drinks are like Slytherins. If you are not familiar with the world of Harry Potter, DON'T PANIC, you'll still enjoy the metaphor. CONTACT GreenEyedGuide at GET GOODIES at
October 16, 2020
Brain Boosting Ingredients in Energy Drinks
Why do Alpha-GPC, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Citicoline, Ginko, and Bacopa appear in so many caffeinated beverages these days? Focus and Brain Health. In this episode, Caffeine Scientist GreenEyedGuide shares what you need to know about acetylcholine, brain health, and whether these ingredients actually work. NEW!!! Visit for your free eBook, "A Handy Guide to Caffeine Half-Life"
October 07, 2020
The 5S of Caffeine
The 5S's of Caffeine can make the difference between feeling exasperated and feeling empowered, even when you’re sleep-deprived! The 5S of Caffeine is a system for feeling MORE alert with LESS caffeine. References: [1] A Handy Guide to Caffeine Half-Life [2] HALT! When NOT to drink caffeine
September 29, 2020
Pros and Cons of Caffeine Pills vs Coffee, Gum, and More
Need caffeine? Should you take caffeine pills or coffee? What about caffeine in gum? Strips/Chews? Learn the pros and cons of each from Caffeine Scientist and Best-Selling Author GreenEyedGuide More goodies at and!
September 20, 2020
Tiny Rant on Sleep Quality and Michael Pollan's book, Caffeine
I just finished reading "Caffeine" by Michael Pollan and I have one big problem. Join me in this teeny rant and *MORE IMPORTANTLY* learn how to avoid making the same mistake. It's Sleep Quality and Caffeine 101. Get free tips and fact sheets from Hire GreenEyedGuide to speak: Get your copy of "How to Get Sh*t Done When You Feel Like Sh*t: The Secret to Caffeine, Motivation, and Productivity for the Sleep-Deprived and Overwhelmed" on Amazon at
September 13, 2020
Science Behind Noo Fuzion from the Bang Energy Family
From the makers of Bang Energy and Redline comes a new drink that blurs the lines between NOOTROPIC, energy drink, and preworkout. Meet the key ingredients of Noo Fuzion and learn how Noo Fuzion compares to Red Bull and Qualia Mind. This podcast is also a blog post at You'll find supporting references and graphics there. Pick up your copy of my best-selling book, "How to Get Sh*t Done When You Feel Like Sh*t: The Secret to Caffeine, Motivation, and Productivity for the Sleep-Deprived and Overwhelmed", available on Amazon as eBook and paperback.
September 10, 2020
Nootropic Pills vs Drinks - Which is better?
Noo Fuzion is a drink with nootropic ingredients. Qualia Mind is a popular nootropic supplement in pill form. But which form is better? In this episode, GreenEyedGuide reviews the key differences in absorption you should think about when you're considering a nootropic. More goodies at And don't forget to snag your copy of the best-selling book, "How to Get Sh*t Done When You Feel Like Sh*t: The Secret to Caffeine, Motivation, and Productivity for the Sleep-Deprived and Overwhelmed" - Available on Amazon.
September 01, 2020
Are nootropics safe? Nootropics vs Energy Drinks part 1
You've probably read about the Dangers of Energy Drinks, but are nootropics better or worse? Are nootropics safe? Are nootropics regulated? Food Scientist GreenEyedGuide answers these questions and more in Part 1 of this Energy Drinks vs Nootropics series. The Caffeinated Beverage of the Episode is A Shoc Energy. References for this episode: 1) "Nootropics: Caffeine, Ingredients and Warnings" at Reference 2) "Beverage vs Supplement: What Monster Energy’s switch from supplement to beverage means to the consumer" at and Reference 3) "Confessions of a Shady Supplement Supplier" at And DON'T FORGET- Get your copy of "How to Get Sh*t Done When You Feel Like Sh*t: The Secret to Caffeine, Motivation, and Productivity for the Sleep-Deprived and Overwhelmed" at
August 20, 2020
HALT! 4 Times You Should NOT Have Caffeine and Why
Four situations where having caffeine is a BAD idea, and WHY. HALT is an acronym used for addiction and recovery but it applies to ALL FORMS of caffeine, too. Reference: DOI: 10.1152/jappl.1996.80.3.999. Caffeinated Beverage of the Episode is (boring) Starbucks Caramel Macchiato (skinny) with 150 mg caffeine. NOTE: Contact GreenEyedGuide to Save the Caffeinated Beverage of the Episode segment, otherwise it's going bye-bye to keep these episodes short and sweet. For more information on caffeine and energy drinks, visit
August 10, 2020
Does coffee hydrate you as well as water? Hydration and Caffeine from All Sources
Staying hydrated with water, coffee, tea, or energy drinks-does it matter? We dig into the science just a little bit and discuss caffeine's diuretic effect and research meauring hydration with water vs Coffee, Tea, and other caffeinated beverages. Research References at
July 22, 2020
3 Reasons Caffeine Makes You Pee and Why You Won't Get Dehydrated
3 things you can do to avoid having to pee so much after caffeine. The truth behind Caffeine's Diuretic Effect and why caffeine won't ACTUALLY make you dehydrated. Visit for more goodies.
July 16, 2020
Caffeine at Midnight will return July 15!
So June 2020 was... a lot of things. I (GreenEyedGuide) have taken some time to reflect, learn, listen, and take a mental health vacation (where I promptly picked up a cold). The Caffeine at Midnight podcast will return with new episodes by July 15th.
July 02, 2020
Best Energy Boosting Beverages for Night Shift
If you’ve ever wondered what to drink to help keep you awake on the night shift, this episode is for you! Learn what ready-to-drink coffees, teas, energy drinks, and supplements work best, according to science. *Download the Night Shift Energy Boost Shopping List at NOTE: This Shopping List also contains a guide to healthy swaps for the stereotypical energy drinks. *Caffeinated Beverage of the Episode is KillCliff Ignite. Get more goodies from GreenEyedGuide at
June 01, 2020
Is Red Bull bad for you? Facts, Fallacies, and Science
Is Red Bull dangerous or just "weak sauce"? Here's 7 things you need to know about Red Bull in terms of caffeine content, ingredients, interactions, alcohol, tummy troubles, heart troubles, and labeling/marketing practices. * Caffeinated Beverage of the Episode is Sugarfree Red Bull * References: 1. Mixing Caffeine and Alcohol 2. Sticky Blood 3. Deaths Associated with Red Bull 4. Red Bull as a Role Model 5. Are You A Monster or a Rock Star: A Guide to Energy Drinks-
May 20, 2020
How to get more energy working night shift - ingredients
Need help staying awake during night shift? Here's 7 energy boosting ingredients which science says improve attention after sleep deprivation. Look for these key ingredients and optimal doses for the best energy supplements and healthy alternatives to energy drinks. See the full list of ingredients and corresponding recommended drinks at * Join the GreenEyedGuide Community for monthly tips on caffeine and fatigue in the workplace at
May 17, 2020
Where caffeine comes from and why it matters
Where caffeine comes from, where caffeine is found in nature, and why it matters! What happens when you get caffeine from coffee versus tea versus energy drinks. * Caffeinated Beverage of the Episode: La Columbe Draft Latte Mocha * References: Caffeine Informer table of caffeine in plants: * Coffeeberry Info: * Get the Book & more info on how different forms of caffeine affect you: "How to Get Sh*t Done When You Feel Like Sh*t: The Secret to Caffeine, Motivation, and Productivity for the Sleep-Deprived and Overwhelmed" :
May 03, 2020
How to Survive Sleep Deprivation (with a Newborn)
Sleep Deprivation Tips plus caffeine and science. Whether it's a newborn or your job robbing your sleep, here's how sleep deprivation affects your body and 3 things you can do about it (hint "take a nap" isn't one of them!). * Caffeinated Beverage of the Episode: Monster Energy Ultra Paradise. * Featured Blog Post: * Featured Freebie - Sleep Deprivation Survival Checklist at
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