When Is The Best Time To Drink Coffee?

When Is The Best Time To Drink Coffee?

We all know that coffee gives you a boost. We often drink a cup first thing to get us going, but then we also like to follow a late night meal with a shot of the black stuff. Add to this a few cups during the day and you can pretty much end up drinking the stuff all day. So when is the best time to drink a coffee?

Much of the feeling we get from the morning boost isn’t necessarily down just to the coffee as we all have a natural cycle of peaks and troughs of energy. What caffeine can do is flatten this cycle of ups and downs by bringing you up quicker from your low energy points. Therefore there’s a biological rhythm in all of us meaning that when you drink your coffee is important. This rhythm is determined by the amount of cortisol into the body.

What Is Cortisol?

Often called the stress hormone Cortisol is often given a bad name. It increases the amount of sugar in the bloodstream and heightens the brain’s use of glucose, preparing the mind and body for fight or flight situations. If you are releasing Cortisol all the time – which causes chronic stress – it can cause diabetes and other diseases.

It isn’t all bad though and is a naturally occurring alertness hormone. Studies show that you have the most cortisol at between 8 a.m and 9 a.m. so taking a cup of coffee at this time is a bit of a waste of good caffeine as you’ll be awake and alert in any case. This waste of the caffeine drug teaches our body to become less bothered by the intake as it just doesn’t need it at this time. After a while of regular morning coffee drinking, your body may actually become completely immune to the dose you are giving it, making the act of drinking coffee more about the mind than the body.

There are other peaks throughout the day between noon and 1 p.m. and between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. The best time then to benefit most from the impact of coffee is between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. when your Cortisol levels are low.

As for the after dinner coffee? Your levels will be low so your body will respond to the added caffeine and give you a boost. Whether you really want a boost at 10 p.m. really depends on what you’ve got to do after dinner and what time you want to get to sleep…


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