Are Morning People Happier, Healthier Than Night Owls?

Morning people: They’re so annoying. All perky and cheerful, bounding out of bed, talking too much, smiling, even — heaven forbid — humming. And now these irritating early birds have something else to be smug about — a happier, healthier life as they age. Amazing as it may be to those of us who start the day grumpy and groping for coffee, a new study suggests that as we age, we become morning people. Not only that, but older morning …

Want To Live Longer? Drink Coffee

Here’s some sweet news to add to your morning coffee:  Regular coffee drinkers are likely to live longer, says the largest study ever done on the subject. Even better, it doesn’t matter whether you drink regular or decaf. To examine the relationship between coffee and health, researchers with the National Institutes of Health looked at the coffee drinking habits of more than 400,000 AARP members ages 50 to 71 between 1995 and 1996, then followed them until 2008. Those who …

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 …

News To Know: Drink Yourself Healthy

New research has shown unexpected health benefits in consuming coffee and red wine.