Five reasons you should drink more, not less coffee

Sarra Gray
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Coffee-lovers rejoice: coffee improves your cognitive function. (Source: Getty)

Today is International Coffee Day, and while caffeine fanatics rejoice, it seems the black stuff is not quite the staple of our working day it used to be.

This is according to a study commissioned by the entirely legit-sounding Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee, and carried out by YouGov, which found over a quarter of people are too busy to drink coffee at work.

But whether yours is a Latte or an Americano, the study also showed reasons why that extra cup could help you get ahead at work.

1. It wakes you up

Well, duh. Grabbing a cup of coffee during the morning commute could be the best way to start your day, with 56 per cent of people saying this wakes them up and 29 per cent saying it helped them feel more alert. Running late? Between 9am and 11am is the best time to have a coffee break, the study found.

2. It’ll increase your productivity

Drinking coffee is the second best way to improve productivity, right behind taking a break, according to the survey. Why not combine the two? When it comes to picking your workday drink, stick with a cup of java - 43 per cent of people said it increases their productivity over all similar drinks.

3. Take some time to relax

Your coffee break could be the perfect opportunity to take a moment to breath during the day. The study found 40 per cent of people who drink coffee at work do so to pause and relax when making and drinking the coffee.

4. It’ll help you get social

It’s official: the kettle is the new water cooler. Over a quarter of people take the chance to catch-up with colleagues over a coffee, and a further 10 per cent drink coffee at work because their peers do. So for office gossip, you know where to go.

5. Missing breaks does not make you more productive

To the 29 per cent of people who said they are too busy to have a coffee break, the study suggested missing a break to work longer did not mean you get more done. Quite the opposite: coffee improves cognitive function, the study suggested.

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