Coffee - The Cognitive and Physical Benefits of Drinking Coffee

By Timothy S. Collins

How many people can relate to the daily morning sensation of waking up to a new day and not really being part of the world until after drinking their first cup of coffee? The first order of business for millions of people includes drinking coffee. This is how we become fully cognizant and ready for the day's activities.

You will likely be more alert, run faster, last longer and feel stronger after consuming caffeine. This is true whether the caffeine is from coffee or from other sources. Drinking coffee increases cognitive functions, physical stamina and wakefulness. The question is: how much coffee is enough?

Interestingly, one cup can offer some benefit although the real impact comes from two cups or more. Very heavy caffeine use, exceeding five to seven cups of coffee per day, can cause problems to some people such as anxiety, irritability, sleeplessness and headaches.

Undoubtedly, other beverages such as milk and fruit juices, for example, contain important nutrients that coffee does not have. It is also true that coffee accompaniments such as cream, sugar and other goodies consumed with coffee add calories and fat to your diet. "Everything in moderation" is good advice to remember and to put into practice for a healthy life.

There are many questions about coffee and health

For example,

How does caffeine impact muscular activity?

  • Caffeine stimulates the brain and nervous system to do things differently.
  • Coffee drinkers know from experience that, after drinking coffee, they are able to ignore fatigue.
  • Somehow, with caffeine, you get the extra energy to push yourself and deliver the extra effort at work, home or during athletic performance.
  • Caffeine can have a direct effect on muscle contraction.
  • This is particularly noticeable during intense athletic activity.
  • Caffeine positively enhances athletic strength, sprinting and endurance.
  • This all happens through a positive, natural process, instead of negative performance-enhancing manipulations.
  • The harder you exercise, the more benefit you derive from coffee. And, of course, exercise is linked to good health.
  • The benefits of muscle strength from caffeine are of great appeal to athletes or anyone considering consistent, intense athletic activity.
  • Caffeine boosts athleticism, a known fact to the Olympic Games Committee, which monitors the amounts of caffeine in coffee or other forms consumed by competing athletes.

It is often argued that caffeine has a negative effect on sleep. The reality, however, is that many external factors, including noise, temperature, stress, personal lifestyle, family life and a whole host of other possible factors affect how long it takes someone to get to sleep.

Many people drink caffeinated drinks during the evening hours and go to sleep right away. Others find the stimulation from caffeine a cause for sleeplessness. Frankly, common sense dictates that anyone sensitive to the stimulant effects of coffee simply should not drink the beverage during the evening. As an alternative, they can drink decaffeinated coffee, enjoy their cup and get some good sleep as well.

What about tasting a cup of Vienna Roast Espresso and listening to beautiful Strauss waltzes?

Timothy S. Collins
Article by Timothy S. Collins
Timothy ("Tim") S. Collins, the author, is called by those who know him "The Gourmet Coffee Guy." He is an expert in article writing who has done extensive research online and offline in his area of expertise, coffee marketing, as well as in other areas of personal and professional interest. Come visit the author's website:

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