Millions of people all around the world are sleepy. I wake up drowsy and—like the millions of drowsy people around the world—if I can’t get just 10 more minutes of sleep, coffee is the perfect antidote. Craving a dose of a stimulant like coffee gets me past the overwhelming urge to take a nap.
Global statistics prove that I am not alone, with humans consuming 100,000 metric tons of caffeine annually. The Finns are the top coffee consumers, followed by Norwegians, then the Dutch in third place. US coffee consumption ranked 22nd out of 50 other nations. I can’t recall just how many times I have been told that coffee is good for me and that it benefits the creative thought process. And, it’s not only humans that benefit from caffeine. Bees ingest small amounts of caffeine through the nectar in flowers and this helps them to remember and revisit plants.
How and why does an andenosine receptor antagonist (caffeine) work? For the curious, you can view a TedEd animated infographic created by Hanan Qasim. “How does caffeine keep us awake?” creatively explains the science behind the biochemical reactions required for us to enjoy our dose of coffee.
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