What you should do AFTER drinking coffee? Work out, nap, make love, release your inner artiste, or take a test?

"As Mason Currey, author of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work wrote for Slate last year, coffee, which "aids focus and attention, wards off sleepiness, and speeds the refresh rate on new ideas," was copiously consumed by "Beethoven and Proust, Glenn Gould and Francis Bacon, Jean-Paul Sartre and Gustav Mahler" and many more for its creativity-enhancing properties."

A Caffeinated Mash-UP 

Research on Coffee Love


We love this round-up from Slate of various research studies cleverly framed in a narrative about the benefits of coffee. Here are a few highlights from the article . . .as if we need more excuses to indulge in our favorite brew ;)

You're almost done drinking that cup of coffee. Now what?

Kevin Roose at Matter follows his cup of joe with a morning run; the coffee, he writes, allows him to 'run longer and feel more energized' He's not the only one. Health magazine reported on research showing that coffee before a workout improves circulation, lessens pain, improves memory for exercises and routines, and preserves and fuels muscles. And Shape proclaimed that drinking coffee before a workout gives a mental edge and helps burn more fat.

All right, that's settled. You can finish that cup and work out.

Unless you'd rather nap.

Yes, nap. Coffee clears the body of chemical called adenosine . . . (snip)

OK, so. Finish that cup and workout or nap.

Unless you'd rather have sex (partner permitting).

In 2011, researchers discovered that caffeinated female rats were more likely than their drowsy counterparts to seek out sex . . .(snip)

It's decided. Finish that cup and workout or nap or have sex.

Unless you'd rather release your inner artiste. . . (see quote above)

All clear. Finish that cup and workout or nap or have sex or release your inner artiste.

Unless you're off to take a test.

A study published in Nutrition Journal in 2007 found that caffeinated drinks (coffee and other energy drinks) increase alertness and improve memory. . . .(snip)

That's not all caffeine can do. More recently, in 1997 a study using Navy SEALs found that caffeine appeared to positively affect mood performance in stressful situations. In 1993, another found "memory and reasoning appear to improve when caffeine is administered to sleep-deprived individuals."

Oh, the things one can do!
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