Do you wake up and instinctively think you have to reach for the cup of coffee? If you don't you don't know how you can make it through the day. Maybe you are not pleasant to be around without it.  Is caffeine that important to your day?

How much caffeine is too much? A new study came out saying that more than 5 cups of coffee a day is bad for your heart. You will probably be ok if you're drinking less than that. Here are some ways that caffeine can actually be good for you.

Caffeine helps with pain. Did you know that if you take ibuprofen with a cup of coffee it actually works better? If you have a headache or even cramps that coffee can help the ibuprofen work faster.
Caffeine can also help lower your risk of certain cancers. Studies have shown that 4 or 5 cups of coffee a day has been able to help people with colon and colorectal cancer. Caffeine can also cut your oral cancer risk in half. Just a simple cup of coffee or glass of tea can go a long way.

There have also been studies done that found 3 or 4 cups of coffee a day can also lower your risk for heart disease and stroke.

Do you find yourself having a hard time with your memory? There was a study done that showed that drinking coffee every day can give you a memory boost. There were other studies done that suggest it could even help you avoid Alzheimer's.

So really if you need that coffee or coke to get out of bed it really is ok. Just like everything else just do not overdo it.