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So instead, I grabbed the next best thing to help me get going - a beer.
This got me wondering about coffee and beer and which one would actually help me be more creative and get work done. From a scientific perspective, creativity is your ability to think of something original from connections made between pre-existing ideas in your brain. Once your energy levels get low, adenosine alerts your brain and starts to slow down brain functioning. This is why after a few hours of intense work, you begin to feel tired, like your brain has run out of juice.
Every coffee drinker is familiar with the feelings after drinking a fresh cup of java. This happens because caffeine blocks adenosine receptors, preventing adenosine from binding to its receptors and tricking your brain into thinking you have lots of energy.
This effect happens within just 5 minutes of drinking your coffee. When adenosine receptors are blocked, chemicals that increase the performance of your neural activity, like glucose, dopamine, and glutamate, are allowed to work overtime. The peak effect of caffeine on your body happens between 15 minutes and 2 hours after you consume it. When caffeine from your coffee enters your bloodstream, you become more alert from an increase in the production of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol. When researchers at Johns Hopkins University looked at low to moderate coffee drinkers as little as one ounce mug per daythey found that even this little amount of coffee can cause your body to develop a tolerance to caffeine and require more of it to get the same stimulation.
Just like the thrill of lighting a bottle rocket and watching it explode all within a few seconds, the good feelings associated with coffee are short-lived and pretty soon you need another hit to feel good again.
While caffeine pulls a on your brain to make you feel like you have more energy, alcohol has its own way of influencing your creativity. The researchers devised a game where 40 men were given three words and told to come up with a fourth that could make a two-word combination with all three words. Half of the men drank two pints of beer before playing the game while the other half drank nothing.
The showed that men who drank, solved 40 percent more of the problems than sober men. It was concluded that a blood alcohol level of 0. By reducing your ability to pay attention to the world around you, alcohol frees up your brain to think more creatively. It looks like author Ernest Hemingway was on to something when he said:. When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky?
In an interesting study on the topic of alcohol and its effects on creativity, author Dave Birss brought together a group of 18 advertising creative directors and split them into two teams. One team was allowed to drink as much alcohol as they wanted while the other team had to stay sober. The groups were given a brief and had to come up with as many ideas as they could in three hours. These ideas were then graded by a collection of top creative directors.
The result? The team of drinkers not only produced the most ideas but also came up with four of the top five best ideas. The increase in adrenaline from caffeine and inhibition of your working memory from alcohol will make you more prone to make mistakes. Alcohol relaxes you so it produces a similar effect on alpha waves and helping us reach creative insights.
In other words, after you have an initial idea or a plan laid out, a cup of coffee can help you execute and follow through on your concept faster without Chat over a beer or coffee quality. This graphic pretty much sums up when you should drink coffee:. On average, it will take between hours for the caffeine from a cup of coffee to be removed from your system and messing up your sleep cycle can have a negative impact on your creative output for days to come.
They are ways to create chemical changes that occur naturally in your body with a healthy lifestyle. Quality sleep, a healthy diet, and allowing yourself to take breaks by splitting your day into sprints will do the same trick. Get smarter at building your thing. Top 10 Stories Submit Get full Medium access. Coffee vs. Mikael Cho Follow. Got an idea? The Startup Get smarter at building your thing. Creativity Life Lessons. The Startup. Written by Mikael Cho Follow.Chatting over beers can do wonders, says Deano
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Coffee vs. beer: which drink makes you more creative?