Is Coffee Worth Your While?

Editor’s note: The following is an opinion article. The opinions presented are the writer’s own and are not representative of the Trailblazer newspaper staff or Pascack Hills High School.

Is Coffee Worth Your While?

Simmie Brisman and Daniel Albert

You go to bed at two in the morning after having fun or cramming for a test. Four hours later, your alarm goes off, but the loud beeping noise cannot get you out of bed. Ultimately, you get out of bed, exhausted. Brewing a nice pot of coffee seems like the only solution to get your day started. While coffee appears to be the perfect solution for an unhealthy night of sleep, it can actually cause severe health risks to any person –– especially teens.

Too much coffee is never good for you. 23 liters of coffee or more in a short period of time can result in extreme consequences. While a little coffee is okay, drinking too much can cause vomiting and possibly death.

If you plan on drinking coffee, be careful which coffee you buy. Bad quality coffee can be pretty bad for you. It can cause daily headaches. If your coffee is made from beans that have been over ripped or ruined, your cup of coffee can be toxic. High-quality coffee such as Kona coffee, Blue Mountain coffee, and Peaberry coffee are healthy alternatives to lower-grade coffee brands such as Maxwell coffee, Lavazza coffee, and Seattle’s Best coffee.  They are made with perfectly made beans.

“I don’t drink coffee often, but when I do, it’s usually at Starbucks. I’m almost guaranteed a well made coffee that is not toxic” Sophomore Jared Mitovich said.

Coffee is not for everyone. Kids under the age of 10, and people with high cholesterol and caffeine sensitivity can see harmful results from coffee. Caffeine will raise your cholesterol. If you are caffeine sensitive, you should know how much coffee and what coffee suits you. The amount our bodies can handle is actually written in our DNA; if coffee is not right for your body, you should be aware and drink carefully.

This addiction can cause people to drink coffee at all times of the day, harming their sleep. At night time, if you drink coffee you will not be able to sleep well. If you can’t sleep at night, it just means that your body will want more coffee in the morning. Not sleeping can also cause anxiety and depression that may need to be treated by medication.

Coffee is a common addition that has been growing over the years. Most people start drinking coffee at a younger age.  

“When I stop drinking coffee, I can get really bad headaches. I have been having two or three cups of coffee a day for about a year. When I stop, I do not feel like myself. I think I have an addiction,” Sophomore Caity Parkes said.

If consumed on an empty stomach, people may get indigestion from coffee.

“Sometimes, I get nauseous from coffee if I have not eaten all day. I try to avoid that,” Sophomore Caity Parkes said.

The University of Nevada School of Medicine conducted a study which concluded women can become less fertile by drinking too much coffee. A woman’s chances of becoming pregnant can be reduced by about 27% with the consumption of caffeine.

If you have type 2 diabetes, caffeine can impair your glucose metabolism. This was shown by a study from the American Diabetes Association

“Like anything, coffee is okay with moderation” Dr. Brisman M.D, a Montvale physician said.

Most people just drink coffee to keep them  awake, but it has other health advantages. Contrary to popular belief, coffee actually boosts your physical performance. If you have a cup of coffee an hour before your workout, your adrenaline levels increase by 11 to 12 percent.

Coffee helps you before physical activity and may also help you lose weight during your workout. Caffeine helps fat cells break down body fat and use it as fuel for training. It is a good idea to have a cup of coffee a before your workout, but having too much before physical activity can make you sick.

Coffee can  brighten your mood, too. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and boosts production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline, which elevate your mood. Two cups of coffee a day decreases the risk of suicide by 50 percent.

Coffee can help prevent serious diseases. Caffeine decreases your insulin sensitivity and impairs glucose tolerance, thus reducing  the risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes.

Once in a while, if you go to sleep too late, coffee is a great alternative to boosting your energy. However, relying on coffee for your energy can cause many severe consequences. A good night sleep is a healthy alternative.

“I barely ever get a good night’s sleep, and that’s because I rely too much on caffeine,” Sophomore Sarah Chun Said.