Short on sleep? A hot cup of coffee won't hurt

Friday, March 8, 2019

Of the two time changes a year, Sunday is arguably the worst. We always have good intentions of going to be an hour early to make up for the hour we’ll lose overnight, but hey, who wants to give up watching Saturday Night Live?

You’d better have some freshly-ground coffee ready to go Sunday morning, or, especially, Monday morning.

What, isn’t coffee bad for you?

Well, yes, according to studies in the 1950s that linked the black brew to heart disease and many cancers.

The problem is, those studies didn’t exclude people who smoked as well as drinking coffee.

Since then, more than 19,000 studies have linked coffee, which has 2.5 times more antioxidants than blueberries, to a number of health benefits.

They include decreased risk of diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, prostate cancer and stroke. Some also point to increased metabolism to help weight loss, enhanced brain function and improved exercise.

Of course, there are bound to be endless studies of something as ubiquitous as coffee, and negative effects will be found. And, the way the coffee is grown, processed and distributed makes major differences as well.

We’ll all adjust to the time change within a few days or weeks, but until then, keep the coffee handy.


Find out more about the coffee story courtesy the National Coffee Association USA.

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