Women Benefit More From Coffee Breaks

coffee breaks Have you ever noticed that while Jennifer comes back from a coffee break feeling bright and energetic, Jared returns feeling sluggish and confused?

According to a new British study, this makes perfect sense: Researchers from Bristol University found that drinking coffee improves women's brain power in stressful situations, but sends men into a meltdown.

With caffeine being the most widely consumed drug in the world -- Brits alone drink close to 70 million cups of coffee each day, and U.S. workers consume at least five times as much -- researchers say the implications are "potentially staggering." They point out that many important decisions, including those made by military leaders, are often made in meetings fueled by coffee.

The study was originally conducted to find out about the effects of coffee on a body already under stress. They recruited 64 men and women as test subjects, putting them in same-sex pairs. Each pair was then given a number of tasks to complete -- such as negotiating, doing puzzles and taking memory tests -- and were told that, upon completion, they would give a presentation relating to their tasks. Half of the pairs were given decaf coffee, while the other half received cups containing a large shot of caffeine.

Results of the study showed that men who drank the caffeinated coffee were greatly impaired in memory tests, and took an average of 20 seconds longer to complete puzzles than the decaf drinkers.

But women completed the puzzles an astonishing 100 seconds faster if they'd been given caffeinated coffee, according to the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Could this be a harbinger of coffee machines in the ladies lounge? Men being forced to check their coffee cups at the door? Starbucks refurbishing with more female-friendly decor? There is no end to the possibilities.

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manuel a

well you better hope your boss dont read your post you may not have a job if they do . and i think thats what wrong for people like you want to get paid for doing nothing. and people like you complain about people who do the same with the social services program aka food stamps and and ect. so you are no better than the people you and people like you. then wonder why these companies shorten thier labor force. and also people like you complain about the illeagles are taking your jobs why cause they will accually do the work they are getting paid for instead of getting paid for doing nothing my opinion

February 06 2011 at 7:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patty O\'Furniture

I find coffee breaks to be a great way to duck work responsibilities. Time away from the drudgery of doing your job can be much more productively spent in flirting, chit-chatting and networking all of which it is better to be paid for rather than using up valuable leisure time to pursue. After all I have things to do besides just showing up for work and making others look good.

Sick days are a closely related benefit that equate to paid time off. Why should I go without a days pay because I would rather go skiing, shopping or to the beach? I can hardly wait until this April when I will accrue another week of sick leave. I'll probably call in sick just to celebrate.

Extended "business" lunches are a further way to maximize ones time away from the office. I only wish I had a company account towards that end.

February 06 2011 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't drink coffee, so I have a hard time understanding why anyone could get addicted to the stuff. I have never needed artificial stimulants to wake up in the morning or to be productive.

February 06 2011 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Cindy's comment

Its ok, cindy as you are of people that drink coffee like me I cant understand how people do not like coffee. I was in the military and I
relied on coffee to keep me awake from 72 hour missions without sleep and where 5 minute naps feel like hours. Plus that I am not a morning person anyway.I think it is just depends on the person and their lifestyle. Its very addictive the caffeine in it and how it is so warm or hot, it feels really good when it is your tummy. Thats how I feel anyway when I drink coffee.

February 06 2011 at 3:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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