I swear, if you live long enough, everything you’ve always believed to be true will be proven wrong.
Although I’m generally a huge tea lover, I do enjoy my morning pick-me-up cup of coffee just as much; and more so lately. How many of you out there wouldn’t think of making it through the morning without your beloved cup of coffee? And if you’re like me, you’ve always believed that cup of coffee helps perk you up and gets your brain in gear, right? WRONG! …. at least according to some new research done by scientists at
These scientists are now saying that it only helps bring people back to the normal state they’d be in if they didn’t drink any coffee at all. Yeah, well what’s normal to these guys?...and some mornings, maybe I don’t want to visit that state. Without their morning dose of coffee, some people don’t even want to leave their beds.
After abstaining, each was given either a dose of caffeine or a placebo. Then they were asked to rate their alertness and whether they had a headache.
Those who usually consume at least a moderate amount of caffeine and were given the placebo were more likely to report a headache and being less alert. But the people in that group who were given caffeine didn’t report being any more alert than those who normally don’t consume much caffeine and were given the placebo.
The conclusion that these ‘experts’ came to was that the more high-octane coffee drinkers don’t get much of a pick-me-up from their morning cup of java or latte; and that caffeine just helps them avoid the effects of “acute caffeine withdrawal.”
Actually, I can understand the whole ‘caffeine withdrawal’ thing. Even though I don’t drink THAT much coffee, I know some people who are heavy coffee drinkers who go through that if they don’t have caffeine for a prolonged period.
I don’t know about you, but I so look forward to my little cup of coffee next to me as I start my day out on the computer. Without it, I could be a “shut-me-downer.” Now, by default, wouldn’t it be considered a “pick-me-upper?” ~Joy