For decades, specialists have argued over the effects of coffee on our body and brain. Latest studies, however, claim that coffee has surprising health benefits, even when it comes to our good night rest. I’ve recently read that a moderate intake of coffee may offer unexpected protection against severe diseases such as Parkinson, Alzheimer, type-2 diabetes or liver cancer. Also, it seems that drinking coffee improves our cognitive function and decreases the risk of developing depression.
But when it comes to our nightly repose, most studies say that we should avoid drinking coffee too late into the evening because it would only make us fight tiresome insomnia. Moreover, research shows that some people don't metabolize coffee as quickly as others, due to a somewhat common genetic mutation. Thus, experts advise that more than two cups of coffee a day could lead to a higher risk of heart disease, under those circumstances.
Still, in the light of the latest findings, there are several good reasons for drinking coffee – besides the fact that we simply adore it! Let me point out just a few of them:
- Coffee seems to have more antioxidants than cocoa and green tea. Scientists say that unprocessed coffee beans contain more than 1,000 antioxidants; also, during the roasting process, hundreds more develop, to our benefit. Thus, coffee helps our bodies stay healthier, which can only mean a safe-and-sound sleep as well.
- Disciplined coffee drinkers (who only drink two to four cups a day) present a lower risk of developing heart diseases compared to all other categories of coffee drinkers – and even to the nondrinkers. The conclusion belongs to a Dutch study which analyzed data from almost 40,000 people over a period of 13 years. It seems that coffee protects against the arterial damage caused by inflammation and thus it keeps our heart safer for a more extended while. Once again, this is good news for our sleep: a healthy heart doesn't cause sleeping problems.
- A reasonable amount of coffee has been proven to improve blood circulation. As a result, our body tissues enjoy better oxygenation, a phenomenon that grants several benefits. One of them consists of improved performance in physical activities, which, according to the best SleepingGuide, has tremendous beneficial effects on our sleep: exercising is considered to be a natural remedy for insomnia.
- The studies that I find particularly interesting are the ones saying that drinking coffee decreases the risk of depression in both women and men. Some of that research even claims that heavy coffee drinkers have the lowest risk of depression; apparently, the caffeine in our favorite drink activates the neurotransmitters which control our mood. Why does this matter when it comes to our good night rest? Well, by now it is a known fact that depression causes insomnia and related sleep disorders – which will only keep on "feeding" the same grief that has started the series of problems (it is a vicious circle).
If drinking coffee helps us lower our chances of developing depression or other medical conditions and thus enjoy a sound sleep, then we should make a wise choice when it comes to the type of coffee and the quantity we consume. Moderation is essential, mainly because caffeine affects each person differently. Whole coffee organic beans, correctly ground, come strongly recommended. If you want to experience more of the recently presented benefits, then black coffee should be your ideal choice.
Last but not least, drinking coffee makes us feel in high spirits. A happy attitude is vital for a good night sleep: worrying always brings sleepless nights, while a cloudless and confident mindset will contribute to a peaceful rest.
Thank you to Elizabeth (firstname.lastname@example.org) for putting together this informative article!