Why coffee is good for your mood
I don’t know for you but starting a day without a good coffee is an absolute no-go in my world. Without it, my levels of morning grumpiness reaches peak, my brain runs slow, my eyelids stick one to another and what to say about my conversational skills… My mood entirely relies on the benefits of coffee. But, what does coffee exactly do for our mood? Short answer: a lot.
Coffee keeps you alert
Let’s talk chemistry. When caffeine hits the brain, it binds to the receptors instead of a neurotransmitter called adenosine. When you’re awake, adenosine builds up in the brain until it reaches a certain level which eventually slows down neural activity, thus telling your body it’s bedtime. When you sleep, adenosine resets and you wake up the day after ready alert and energised. By binding into the receptors, caffeine blocks the adenosine, thus keeping the cell running and your alertness levels at the top.
Coffee makes you feel positive
You too envy the undying positive attitude of your colleague? Don’t, especially if he’s always around the coffee machine: caffeine raises the levels of another neurotransmitter, called serotonin, a major mood influencer, also known as a Happy Hormone. This boost makes your feel more positive, regulates your sleep, your appetite and digestion, your memory and even your sexual desire – what more to expect? But beware: too much caffeine can increase your need for serotonin and make you ultimately feel worse.
You can also count on an extra dopamine’s boost. Yes, coffee is also known for stimulating the release of dopamine, another Happy Hormone, thus adding euphoria and pleasant feelings to your positive attitude. In other words: coffee is the most popular psychoactive drug in the world!
Coffee cures headaches
Contrary to what’s usually thought, coffee doesn’t cause headaches or migraines. But, here’s the thing: a regular coffee consumption leads to physical dependence (mmh… bad for the business), but what actually hurts, like any dependence, is an abrupt withdrawal. The number one cause of a caffeine headache is actually caffeine withdrawal. Headaches can even be quite severe for those that quit caffeine cold turkey. Okay, I see you need some scientific-like proof: headaches happen when blood vessels dilate too much; caffeine constricts these blood vessels that are opening too wide. Associated to paracetamol, the caffeine would even accelerate its absorption.
Coffee makes you have a break
Would you dare to admit why you love coffee so much? We do: the coffee breaks at work. What better for the mood that a few minutes away from your evil direct line and malicious inbox?