Everyone like coffee. Coffee is perks in the morning, tastes heavenly and even has health benefits (plus a few extra benefits if you are over 45 years old). Many people love a cup of coffee as soon as we wake up, but its actually not the best time to take advantage of all the coffee has to offer. Scientists have found that there’s a better time to get your cup of caffeine.
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Scientist found that the best time to drink coffee might not be first thing you do in the morning, but around an hour after you wake up. This is because in the hour after you wake up, your body’s production of cortisol is at one of its three daily peaks, according to researchers who published the clinical study. We tend to think of cortisol as the “stress hormone” because it’s secreted in higher amounts when feel strain or tension from circumstances we perceive as demanding (and cortisol decreases when we eat chocolate). But another way of thinking of cortisol is as the “alertness hormone,” because the reason our bodies produce more cortisol when we’re under stress is that it increases alertness (which supports our “fight or flight” response when we’re dealing with stressful conditions).
Consuming caffeine while our bodies are already at peak cortisol-production teaches the body to produce less cortisol, according to chronopharmacologists who study the way drugs (such as caffeine) interact with our body’s natural biological rhythms. Not only does this undermine the effect of the caffeine, it also works against cortisol’s alertness effect. Perhaps even worse, it may contribute to developing a tolerance for coffee (meaning that it takes more and more just to get to the same place—yikes)!
Drinkin coffee / caffeine when your body produces cortisol will undermine the effect of caffenie And may contribute to tolerance for coffee
So to get the biggest coffee benefit in the morning, try wait an hour after waking up to brew your first cup (I know it can be hard!). And when you’re looking to follow up with another cup of coffee, try to do it outside the other peak cortisol production times—typically between noon and 1:00 p.m. and between 5:50 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. This will definitely help you kick any of those afternoon into a productive evening.