To be a college student is to be perennially tired. Late-night study sessions bleed into early-morning study sessions, which then fade into blurry-eyed tests.
Unless you’re naturally a super-disciplined person, you’ll find yourself on more than one occasion taking naps on campus benches or under a tree between classes.
The cure is simple, and comes in every flavor: Coffee.
Coffee is the second most popular drink in America, according to the Mid America Heart Institute, coming in just behind water.
It can seem like a magic drink, particularly in the winter, when you literally need the warmth to survive the Missouri cold.
But what effect does one, two, eight, 10 cups a day have on your life?
There seems to be a general consensus that four cups a day should be the maximum, according to the American Chemical Society, though the exact amount still needs more human testing.
Drinking more than four cups can lead to stomach pains, jittery nerves and hypertension.
Along with health risks, calorie intake from coffees can skyrocket without being noticed. A venti latte and bagel from Starbucks is more than 500 calories, and the added sugar that comes in flavored coffee can leave you dealing with sugar crashes.
If drinking your coffee black is what you prefer, however, the health benefits may outweigh the risks. Researchers at the University of Scranton found that the human body absorbs more antioxidants from coffee than any other source.
A study at Seoul National University in South Korea discovered that the mere aroma of coffee reduces stress. And TIME magazine reporter David Lieberman reported that drinking coffee helps you focus on tasks you may otherwise find repetitive and boring.
Should you crave a cup on campus, there are a multitude of places to get your fix. Busy spots like the MU Student Center, Ellis Library, J-Café in the Journalism School, the Engineering School and the Bond Life Sciences Center have their own cafes.
Vida Coffee Co. is located across the street from MizzouRec. There’s a Starbucks in Memorial Union, another just south of Greek Town and one on Ninth Street. Every dining hall has coffee available as well.
Plus, there is an array of downtown coffee shops including Coffee Zone, 11 N. Ninth St.; Kaldi’s Coffee, 29 S. Ninth St.; Shortwave Coffee, 915 Alley A; Fretboard Coffee, 1013 E. Walnut St.; a Starbucks at 304 S. Ninth St.; and Lakota Coffee at 24 S. Ninth St.
Some of these are considered prime spots for studying when the campus pressure seems overwhelming.