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Coffee might not work like you think

Good night's rest is best

Caffeine: This coveted ingredient in coffee and soda pop is a chemical stimulant. So while it temporarily makes us feel alert, when the buzz wears off, we feel even more tired.
Caffeine: This coveted ingredient in coffee and soda pop is a chemical stimulant. So while it temporarily makes us feel alert, when the buzz wears off, we feel even more tired. (FreeImages.com/Scott Snyder)

Your morning cup of joe may not actually be the solution to a sleepless night.

New studies about caffeine are finding it doesn't actually work as well as many believe.

Though two cups of coffee per day can boost performance and alertness, it's nothing compared to a good night's sleep.

Instead, it may be more useful to stay hydrated and well-nourished after a night of tossing and turning.

Scientists involved with the caffeine research are saying after three nights of restricted sleep, caffeine loses its effect. The study specifically looked at those who got five hours or less of sleep.

They came to this conclusion by testing a group of people using caffeine and a placebo and conducting a series of tests on their moods and thinking ability.

So while you've made fresh coffee a part of your morning routine, it may not be doing much more than emptying your wallet.