Even if for some of us, the only acceptable answer to the question “What’s the best time to drink coffee?” is “anytime”, the truth is that we might be causing our bodies more harm than good by drinking coffee when we shouldn’t. Well, at least the best time to drink coffee is in the morning, right? Not quite, if we’re to look at the opinion of researchers such as Steven L. Miller. If you’re confused about this realization, then today’s article can help you understand when you should indulge in a cup of joe and when you should try to abstain.
If we (sic) are drinking caffeine at a time when your cortisol concentration in the blood is at its peak, you probably should not be drinking it. This is because cortisol production is strongly related to your level of alertness and it just so happens that cortisol peaks for your 24 hour rhythm between 8 and 9 AM on average. Therefore, you are drinking caffeine at a time when you are already approaching your maximal level of alertness naturally. – Steven L. Miller
Why Shouldn’t We Drink Coffee in the Morning?
If you’re reading this article in early morning with a cup of coffee next to you, you might want to put that cup down. Why? Because according to a blog post written by postdoctoral research associate Steven L. Miller, our bodies release too much cortisol in the morning, especially around 8 and 9 AM. This hormone usually makes us feel wide awake. If we top that off with coffee, we will diminish its effects instead of increasing them.
There are two main problems we should single out here. The first one is that if you replace cortisol with caffeine, your body will start producing less and less. It will then start relying on the alternative you provide it with instead. The second issue comes as a consequence of you replacing cortisol with caffeine. It is the fact that your tolerance to caffeine will increase. Which is why sometimes, you feel like you’re not awake even if you’ve consumed a lot of coffee.
What’s the Best Time to Drink Coffee?
In order to reveal what the best time to drink coffee is, we should first mention that your body doesn’t only release cortisol in the morning. It also does that between noon and 1 PM and between 5:30 and 6:30 PM. According to this information, the best time to drink coffee is between 10 AM and noon. Moreover, the perfect time for a second cup is between 2 and 5 PM.
Coffee and caffeine in general can be regarded as any other addictive substance. Which is why we should treat it as such and only use it when we really need it. If we fail to do that, we grow tolerant of the dose. Consequently, we feel like we need more and more in order to get through the day.
We hope today’s guide has helped you understand why you should try to postpone that first cup of coffee in the morning and allow your body’s cortisol levels to act as a natural energy boost.
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