Coffee before exams?

Written by Emily Powers

The most popular beverage in the world may have an effect on how we do in school. About 107 million people in the United States over the age of 18 drink coffee every day and more than 450 million cups of coffee are consumed a day. According to an article titled “The Nutrition Journal” by Jen Saunders,  a study involving 496 college students found that 51% of them regularly resorted to coffee and other caffeinated beverages to help them stay awake during test preparation.

Caffeine can be efficient for studying, but the positive effects vary depending on the amount of caffeine you put in your body. Most people will drink coffee to keep them awake longer, which allows them to get more work done instead of falling asleep. When drinking coffee, it is important to know how much your body can handle and when your body actually needs it. Higher levels of the stimulant in coffee shows an increased level of cognitive responses. It also turns out that even the smell of coffee can make you more alert and focused when trying to concentrate. Coffee has also helped Olympic athletes concentrate. 

Surprisingly, coffee has numerous health benefits such as reducing the risk of diabetes and liver disease. Drinking too much, however, can lead to stomach problems. The caffeine in your cup of coffee stimulates the central nervous system which increases the release of neurotransmitters. Many drink it to release stress and keep a peaceful mind, so if you have an exam coming up and are not a coffee drinker, consider trying a coffee before and see if you improve! 

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