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Coffee has more added benefits than we might have thought.

Most of us drink a cup of coffee (if not more) every single day. It helps us stay awake, have energy and gives us that extra push that we need. According to a new study, coffee might be more beneficial to us than we thought.

Many of us live busy lives and sometimes sleep is put on the back burner in order to get other things accomplished. What you might not know is that consistent lack of sleep could lead to irritation, health issues, and possibly chronic pain.

Harvard Medical School researchers at the Boston's Children's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggest that coffee might be a better way to treat chronic pain than painkillers.

The study was conducted with mice as the subjects who were kept awake through the entertainment of toys. After depriving the mice from sleep for a total of five days, researchers found that a lack of sleep can increase pain sensitivity over a period of time in healthy mice. This led to the conclusion that taking something to feel more awake and getting more sleep worked better than the standard painkillers to assist with chronic pain.

The researchers compared medication such as ibuprofen, which did not block the hypersensitivity to caffeine which successfully blocked the pain.

Coffee stands alone 

The interesting part about this whole study is that painkillers such as ibuprofen are meant to help with pain. However, when used to treat chronic pain, it was not as strong and didn't help as much.

In an interview conducted by Nancy Fliesler on the Harvard Medical School website, Thomas Scammell, HMS professor of Neurology discussed his thoughts on the study.

"This cross-disciplinary collaboration enabled our labs to discover unsuspected links between sleep and pain, with actionable clinical implications for improving pain management," Scammell said.

In addition to helping with chronic pain, coffee also has several other benefits. Coffee can be a preventative measure against type 2 diabetes and liver cancer. Drinking coffee increases the plasma levels of the protein sex hormone-binding globulin which plays a role in the development of type 2 diabetes. Italian researchers also found that consumers of coffee lower their risk of liver cancer by 40%.

For those suffering from chronic pain, the researchers suggested getting more sleep and adding daytime alertness promoting agents to help break the cycle of pain.

Dallas Jordan, Odyssey

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