The Silver Lining to Your Coffee Addiction at Work

coffee-on-woodThe average American worker spends more than $20 a week on coffee, adding up to more than $1,000 a year. It’s probably not surprising that coffee expenses are so high, though. The first thing most people do in the mornings (us included) is to brew themselves a cup a joe. It’s why there’s an entire Etsy page dedicated to funny gag gifs about your pre and post coffee state of being. It’s the perfect wake-up-call, and studies show that coffee helps boost your productivity in the workplace in more ways than one!

Coffee keeps you alert

Surprise! If you didn’t already know, coffee helps keep you awake and ready for action! After all, it is a stimulant. Studies have shown that caffeine works best in counteracting the “sleepy effect” when taken in small doses spread out over time. Tired night-shift workers that drink coffee are shown to make fewer errors than their decaffeinated colleagues. Caffeine also improves concept formation, reasoning, attention, orientation, and perception. There’s a reason why so many companies have coffee perks around the office 🙂

Coffee makes working at a desk more comfortable

Chances are that you work at a desk or computer in the Captureoffice…which can be tiring, to say the least. You know what they say, sitting is the new smoking. Shoulder and back pains are no stranger to those of us who work at a computer all day. But there’s a new solution to easing these pains — and it’s not just painkillers, a massage, or a standing desk. Coffee, in fact, can help reduce the pains that come with working at a desk. Researchers found that caffeine may actually ease pain in the neck, shoulders, forearms, and wrists!

Coffee helps you stay social

According to an MIT study, communal coffee breaks can increase productivity and strengthen team dynamics in the office. The study tracked on-call workers and saw that coffee breaks taken with co-workers together showed signs of improved performance. Seems like the coffee pot is the new water cooler, right? So the next time you find yourself staring aimlessly at your computer screen having trouble focusing, grab a colleague and some java to get your gears back in motion again!

Coffee can help combat the natural lulls you feel throughout the day

Since your body naturally runs on its own clock, it produces a hormone called cortisol at certain times throughout the day that makes you feel awake and alert (sort of like a natural caffeine). This cortisol production peaks throughout the day, starting around 8:00 – 9:00 AM, which means that drinking coffee then won’t be as effective. Instead, take your daily cup of joe a little later — FastCompany recommends between 9:30 – 11:30 AM or from 1:30 – 5:00 PM. By loading up on caffeine when your body’s cortisol levels naturally drop, the two won’t interfere with each other and you’ll get the most bang for your caffeinated buck!

Although coffee is, in our opinion, one of the greatest drinks ever created, it’s not perfect and it’s not for everyone. If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, it might not be a good idea to take that espresso shot before work. Caffeine can spike your adrenaline and blood pressure levels if you’re already tensed up and make you even more stressed. And if you’re used to drinking coffee on a regular basis, any deviation from your normal coffee habits can give you a nasty headache.

Most of the time, though, coffee is a pretty good bet if you need a little pick-me-up. If you’re one of those people who hasn’t picked up a coffee addiction (good for you!), you don’t have to become a Starbucks regular, but don’t shun coffee either! Drinking coffee can have some great perks — but don’t go too crazy with your caffeine intake. All good things in moderation, right?