If you need caffeine to get you through the day, you're not alone. About 83% of Americans in 2013 said they drank coffee, according to the National Coffee Association. Add the other sources of caffeine -- cola, energy drinks, and some medications and supplements -- and the number of caffeine consumers is even greater. So is this a bad thing? Studies show caffeine can improve memory, decrease fatigue, and improve mental functioning. But there is a dark side to caffeine. Studies also show too much caffeine can set you up for high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and lower bone density -- not to mention jangled nerves. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about caffeine, the pros and cons, hidden dangers, and much more.
Caffeine Myths and Facts
WebMD examines caffeine myths.
Foods, Drinks, and Drugs That Can Cause Incontinence
Your diet, along with medications you might take, may be aggravating urinary incontinence symptoms. WebMD provides a chart showing how everything from soda to muscle relaxants affect bladder control.
10 Tips to Ease Restless Legs Syndrome
Personal habits can worsen restless legs syndrome worse. WebMD offers tips for easing RLS symptoms.
Guarana has one of the highest concentrations of caffeine among plants, and has become a popular energy supplement. WebMD explains guarana's use as a weight loss supplement.
Are you confusing a coffee buzz with a panic attack? A surprising look at some anxiety disorders.
Protect Your Pregnancy Before You Conceive
Thinking about getting pregnant? Here’s what to do in the weeks and months before you conceive to protect your baby-to-be.
Fighting Off Sleepiness: Myths and Facts
Sleepiness affects the daily activities of 40% of Americans, say sleep exerts at Stanford University. No wonder we cling to so many fallacies about how to get by on little sleep. But what really works? What’s just a myth? Here are the facts.
Having Trouble Sleeping?
We've got expert shut-eye solutions to six surprising sleep wreckers that might be keeping you up at night.
Caf-Nap: New Napping Idea for Coffee Lovers
Sleep specialist, Michael Breus, PhD, recommends a cup of joe before a cat nap for some people.
Is Caffeine Causing Your Insomnia?
Do you know your caffeine intake? Too much can lead to sleep problems.
Trigger Foods to Avoid with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Though everyone's IBS is different, most sufferers have certain trigger foods in common. WebMD Dietitian, Elaine Magee, discusses which foods to avoid and which foods can help your Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
The Truth About Coffee
Can the secret of good health be found in a cup of joe? Not completely, but research is showing it's a good start.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: 20 Tips to Reduce Your Sleep Problems
Can't sleep? Start using the tips from this WebMD slideshow tonight to sleep better.
Slideshow: Can't Sleep? It Could Be What You're Eating
Could a good night’s sleep come down to your diet? Discover which foods hinder sleep and which foods promote restful slumber.
Slideshow: Will This Give Me Heartburn?
See which foods may help or worsen symptoms and how other habits may affect heartburn.
How to Help Headache Pain
Suffer from tension headaches? See how you can use relaxation techniques, medication, and other methods to fight the pain.
Avoid Weight Gain: Watch What You Drink
Here's how to keep from drowning in liquid calories.
The Buzz on Coffee
The latest research shows your morning pick-me-up may be brimming with health benefits.
Coffee Brands Comparison: Is Cheaper Better?
Which coffees are the best tasting? A recent coffee brands comparison found that higher-priced coffees aren't always better.
Caffeine Shockers: Products Surprisingly High in Caffeine
What drinks and foods in your supermarket are shockingly high in caffeine? WebMD found 25 products that may surprise you.