When you get up at the butt crack of dawn, coffee is nearly as important as breathing. But what about the young ones? Kids are drinking coffee more than ever — is this something parents should be concerned about? Recent studies found that the percentage of Americans aged 13 to 18 who drink coffee everyday had risen to 37% from 2014 to 2017. Jennifer Temple, an associate professor and director of the Nutrition and Health Research Laboratory at the University at Buffalo did research on kids and caffeine for over a decade and found that “within the range of what is normally consumed—anything from between one can of soda to a couple cups of coffee—[caffeine] doesn’t seem to have adverse effects on physiology or mood.” That being said, Temple added that caffeine consumed in the afternoon or evening may disrupt a young person’s sleep. She explained, “A child’s sleep requirements are greater than an adult’s. And they need sleep for healthy growth and academic performance.” She added, “Kids don’t need caffeine. But is it dangerous? If a young person is sleeping well, probably not.” So, should parents be worried? Ryan Bachtell, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado says, “As with most things, I think moderation is key.” It is suggested that young person drinks coffee early in the day, don’t load the coffee with sugar or unhealthy additives and don’t go over the 100 mg of caffeine.