If you're feeling unproductive, that's totally okay

by Tina Sendin April 29, 2020 4 min read

Productive or lethargic, a bit crazy or going full hermit mode – that’s okay.

If you’re not getting any work done, or at least some tasks accomplished but not as much as you’d prefer – that’s okay.

The worst thing you could do to yourself is to add more stress and pressure by feeling guilty or like a failure for not crossing those to-do lists.

Be comfortable with the crazy, the mess, the unticked boxes. We are going through a massive disruption. It’s totally acceptable, especially during this time.

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Here's the best way to drink coffee and stay awake

by Tina Sendin April 14, 2020 5 min read

Ever wondered how to get the best bang for the cup? Of coffee at least.

What if I tell you that the best way you can stay awake after drinking coffee is to get some shut-eye?

Ironic as it sounds, it's how you can recharge and make the most out of your tall cup of cappuccino, or a shot of espresso.

In fact, coffee naps are a thing. If you take caffeine before you snooze in the afternoon or whenever, when you wake up you'll feel less groggy, experts say.

The effect comes by getting the benefit of the sleep, add to that the stimulating benefits of caffeine when you wake up. Both caffeine and sleep alleviate tiredness, so the double whammy works well together.

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All you need to know about the afternoon slump (and how to cope)

by Tina Sendin April 02, 2020 4 min read

The afternoon slump would be OK if you could just lie down for a little nap. But most of us have to earn a living, and management would likely frown on anyone who went home from 2 to 4 p.m. for a siesta. Unless (a) you’re somewhere in Europe – where this is perfectly acceptable or (b) you have the total freedom to create your own schedule every day.

But what if an afternoon nap is out of the question? How can you cope with an urge to sleep after lunch?

This article suggests ways on how you can beat the afternoon slump.

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What to do when you can't sleep before an exam

by Tina Sendin February 06, 2020 4 min read

Sleep before exams can be elusive.

Losing sleep is frustrating, tiring and can seem like the end of the world to a young scholar who wants to do the best possible on an exam.

But according to the University of Cincinnati Health, if you miss a night or two of sleep, most people can still function well. Even though it may seem disastrous if you don’t get to sleep the night before a test, all may not be lost.

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When's the best time to drink coffee?

by Tina Sendin December 06, 2019 4 min read

Want to hear something shocking? 

Having your caffeine fix first thing in the morning will NOT perk you up.

But the good news is, you no longer need to make that sluggish early morning trip to the coffee-maker daily, nor join that long rush hour queue in your go-to café.  

If you’re wondering whether we’re pulling some sick April Fool’s joke in the middle of August, there’s actually scientific evidence to all of this.

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Here's how much caffeine you should have in a day

by Tina Sendin October 14, 2019 4 min read

Coffee, tea or (caffeine) mints.

So, which of these have you popped or downed today?

These products all contain varying amounts of caffeine, alongside others you wouldn't have thought to contain it. Ice cream, frozen yogurt, breakfast cereals, pudding, pain medications … even cocoa butter lotion apparently all have it! [1]

Do you like most (or all) of these products? Then you must be wondering how much caffeine you take in daily.

We've got you covered. 

Keep reading to find out the safe amount to consume and what might happen if you get too caffeine-happy.

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How does caffeine keep you awake?

by Tina Sendin September 14, 2019 5 min read

Caffeine is a natural substance that's considered a stimulant. It's able to keep you alert because of how it works in the brain. To get the most bang for the buck, it's important to know the right amount of caffeine to consume in a day.

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7 surprising health benefits of caffeine

by Tina Sendin January 10, 2019 5 min read

Caffeine does more than just wake you up. It’s the most widely used stimulant/substance/drug (however way you want to call it) for getting that familiar jolt in the morning, the kick that you need to jumpstart the day.

Every day, millions of people all around the world consume caffeine to stay awake and ease fatigue. But there’s definitely more to it than just a fix.

While it usually gets bad rap for its adverse effects like jitters, anxiety, palpitations (usually from having too much of it too soon), moderate consumption can give you the best bang for the cup.

Here are 7 surprising ways caffeine brings benefits to our day-to-day.

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How to cram an hour before an exam or test

by Mark Miller December 28, 2016 4 min read

Preparing for exams and tests in high school and college may be essential to getting an A, entering the university of your dreams or making the grade to go on for a master’s degree. Assuming you’ve studied the subject or subjects thoroughly, what should you do just one before an exam?

If it’s a big mid-term or final, an Advanced Placement or a Graduate Record Exam or other graduate school test, most people have to study the subjects thoroughly during the semester or school year or years. Attempting to learn all the material one hour before the very end is not a good strategy for a final exam or for a placement test.

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Coffee or energy drink before exams? Here's why you should drink water instead

by Mark Miller December 08, 2016 4 min read

Coffee before exams? Say you have a big mid-term or final exam coming up. You should power down big doses of caffeine in coffee or an energy drink, right? Not according to what we’ve read online. There are few formal, scientific studies about what to drink before exams, but the anecdotal evidence seems to point to water as the best beverage beforehand.

It’s important to get enough water so you don’t become fatigued from dehydration. That said, you can get some water from drinking coffee or energy drinks. Those old stories about coffee being a diuretic are true, but only if you drink so much that you get excess amounts of caffeine. Coffee and other caffeine-containing products are healthy for you when taken in moderate amounts, as we have written several times on this blog before.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Day food coma — bring on the tryptophan

by Mark Miller November 24, 2016 4 min read

Three thousand five hundred calories in one meal. Maybe you’re so tired after all that turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce and pie because it’s a big job just lifting the fork to your mouth so many times and chewing all that food.

Or maybe, just maybe, it’s those celebratory beers, cocktails or glasses of vino.

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Sleeping longer can make you feel more tired

by Mark Miller June 16, 2016 4 min read

Sleeping longer should make you feel great, right? So why does it sometimes make you feel tired? The Sleep Doctor, as Michael J. Breus, is known, answers this question in an article on Huffington Post and on his own Twitter account.

The average person spends about one-third of his life sleeping. As much as people love sleep, maybe you don’t want to spend any more than one-third of your life in it so as not to miss all the excitement.

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