Is Your Coffee Habit a Mental Disorder?

My husband knows not to talk to me before I have my first cup of coffee in the morning. Maybe not even until after the third. And the times I’ve been forced to forgo those daily cups? Headache, crankiness, fatigue-and did I mention crankiness? Obviously, I must have a mental disorder. Or at least I do according to the new edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s mental health manual, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5. See also: …

Coffee Caution: It Can Interfere With Some Medications

There’s been a lot of good news lately about coffee’s health benefits, how it protects against cancer and other diseases,  but America’s favorite wake-up drink can also keep some common medications from working properly. That’s because the coffee you drink in the morning with some of your prescription drugs can either block their absorption or increase their effects, reports the New York Times. With some of these drugs, the interaction is caused by caffeine; with others, its coffee’s other compounds that seem …

The Caffeine Nap: For Drowsy Drivers, Coffee Then Sleep

So you’re driving to some far-flung relative’s home for the holidays and halfway there you start feeling sleepy. Do you pull over for some coffee? Pull over and take a short nap? Actually, the best thing to do is do both — but not in the order you’d think. Scientists call it “the caffeine nap,” because first you have some coffee and then you take a 15-minute nap. It works because the brain gets just enough rest during the time …

Coffee the Anti-Dementia Drink – But You Need 5 Cups A Day

Are you like me, incapable of human interaction until you’ve had that first cup (or three) of coffee? Don’t feel bad. We’re not caffeine addicts, we’re just protecting ourselves against Alzheimer’s disease. That’s right. A new University of South Florida study says that a component in coffee that interacts with the drink’s caffeine appears to help protect the brain against the devastating, memory-robbing disease. >> Stay sharp with help from the AARP Brain Health Center The researchers, who have done …