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Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Plus Other Caffeinated News

Sometimes I feel a wee bit guilty that it is my love of coffee, and not my love for life or my children that gets me out of bed in the morning. It looks like I am not the only caffeinated mom out there since 65 percent of moms surveyed by the National Sleep Foundation admitted that they "used" caffeine to get through their days. There is a silver lining to drinking java on a regular basis, recent research out of Madrid suggests, but doesn't necessarily prove, that drinking two to three cups of coffee may help you live longer. Drinking a few cups a day was associated with an 18 percent reduction in death from all causes. It could be all those wonderful antioxidants found in the coffee bean.

Not that I need a reason to drink coffee; I love the taste. Based on recent research involving rats, simply smelling coffee jump starts the brain. The aroma of roasted Columbian coffee beans can help diminish the effects of sleep deprivation – it doesn't even need to be ground.

Do you know how long caffeine stays in your system? If not, then


A word of caution to all my caffeinated friends: Caffeine can interfere with sleep and a good night's rest is an important factor in the health equation. It takes about five hours to get rid of only half of the caffeine you've consumed. So if you're having trouble sleeping through the night, you should cut back on your caffeine consumption and then maybe you won't need so much of it during the day. Then again, you might just try sniffing the beans.


karen7782 karen7782 9 years
I am a big coffee fan but have really been enjoying iced tea for the same caffeine boost lately.
sldc sldc 9 years
I am a half and half kind of girl at home. Five hours?!
melody20 melody20 9 years
I´m affraid i drink a little too much coffee a day XD I´m trying to go slower, but i love it!
sundaygreen sundaygreen 9 years
i love it love it love it love it. i only drink it with non fat milk and no sugar, so i never feel guilty about having too many cups.
dd-sugar dd-sugar 9 years
Hah, the pump on my electric coffee maker stopped working this morning and the picture of the french press reminded me I still have that as an alternative. Funny thing is, I am trying to drink more tea and decrease my coffee to just a few cups, well now looks like that should happen with the little coffee press!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I love coffee, but lately I've been drinking iced green tea instead because it's so hot, lol.
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 9 years
Coffee is just awesome. Period!!
Dublin62505 Dublin62505 9 years
I'm a fan of plain iced tea w/ tons of lemons and hot Irish Breakfast tea. But I entertain black coffee before my workouts because it gives me more stamina and it's a known fat burner.
svenska svenska 9 years
Love coffee, but something about caffeine, especially in coffee, makes my skin freak out no matter how much water I drink that day or week. So other than the occasional coffee or latte or even green or Earl Grey I stick to mint tea, rosehip tea and decaf green tea. (Even using those fancy body scrubs with coffee or caffiene in them makes my skin breakout!)
luxington luxington 9 years
I don't really drink coffee, maybe once a week. I became addicted to it and had to ween myself off of it, so not fun. I mainly drink decaf green tea now, occasionally black tea with a scone.
Lynne Lynne 9 years
Yum, coffee is what gets me out of bed in the morning and to work, because I know I can get more there, too! And I 110% believe how long caffeine stays in the system. I cannot even touch caffiene after 5pm if I want to fall asleep by 11pm. I try to flush it out with water all afternoon because I probably drink the equivalent of 5 cups in the morning. And I sweeten mine up with sugar-free French Vanilla creamer and about 4 packets of sweetener (not sugar)! YUMYUMYUMYUMYUM!!!!!!!
FoxyJo FoxyJo 9 years
I just made a promise to myself that as long as I stay on track with my gym schedule I am allowed one cup of coffee in the morning with my favorite Coffemate Fat-Free French Vanilla creamer! Yumm!!
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
You are reallllly making me want more coffee!! I already had my 2 cups today, but I have a long day ahead and I may not be able to resist having one extra cup this afternoon.
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
Oh, I love coffee. It is a wonderful, beautiful thing. I can get through the day without coffee, but I do love the taste.
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