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June 17, 2008
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Is too much coffee bad for you? Will it help or hinder your ability to focus at work?
Three recent workplace studies say that drinking coffee at work can
provide benefits including increased energy, alertness and creativity.

Is too much coffee bad for you? Will it help or hinder your ability to focus at work?
Three recent workplace studies say that drinking coffee at work can provide benefits including increased energy, alertness and creativity.

The studies show that drinking coffee while on the job offers at least three key benefits: it increases focused energy, alertness and creativity; it enhances physical strength and endurance; and it can help relieve tension headaches.

Among the medical experts confirming coffee’s benefits is physiologist Terry Graham, Ph.D., who has studied the effects of coffee and caffeine for nearly 20 years at the University of Guelph in Ontario. In a recent interview, Dr. Graham noted that the caffeine found in coffee “likely … stimulates the brain and nervous system to do things differently.”

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He believes that drinking two mugs of brew can be enough to signal the brain to ignore fatigue or recruit extra muscle power for physical performance. He notes, too, that caffeine may even have a direct effect on muscles themselves, causing them to produce a stronger contraction, and that caffeine has been shown to positively enhance endurance as well.

Dr. Graham points out, though, that the most pronounced physical enhancement happens in people who sustain high levels of exertion during the day, like professional athletes.

As for mental stimulation, researchers in the U.K. believe they may have found the reason caffeine gives employees that morning or mid-afternoon boost to alertness and cognitive function.
 
In a 2003 report in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, caffeinated coffee consumption protected study participants from a drop in noradrenaline levels in the brain. Those who drank decaf in the study did experience such a drop, which led to reduced alertness and impaired performance on a number of cognitive tasks.

Finally, workers battling a late-day tension headache at the office might also benefit from a cup of coffee, according to Fred Sheftell, M.D., co-founder and co-director of the New England Center for Headache in Stamford, Connecticut. He pointed out that caffeine is, in fact, an ingredient in many pain relievers, and notes that its ability to constrict blood vessels can help at the onset of a headache. What’s more, Dr. Sheftell said studies show that having a cup of coffee can enhance the effects of aspirin and other over-the-counter pain relievers by 30 per cent.

According to Judson Kleinman, president of Corporate Essentials – a leading corporate beverage service firm in New York – these findings come as no great surprise to the business community.

“There are many reasons why coffee-drinking at work has gained in popularity over the years – from the social aspects of it to its impact on performance,” he explained. “Clearly, workers have known for years on an anecdotal, ‘it-works-for-me’ level about the benefits of drinking coffee on the job, but it is encouraging that science is now confirming those beliefs.”

According to Kleinman, most employers can find good news in the research for their bottom lines.    “Productivity is the name of the game,” he noted, “And it’s clear that, from a productivity standpoint, coffee has its benefits.”

Kleinman said, however, that such productivity increases could literally walk out the door each day, as employees leave the office in search of superior brew.

“Many businesses are offering upscale, brand-name coffees in their break rooms in an effort to keep employees happy, at their desks working.”

Kleinman said he has seen a change in corporate coffee equipment, too, with more businesses opting for single-serve brewers that offer a fresh brew, one cup at a time, over the single-pot servers of the past.
Source: PRWeb


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