When to DRINK Coffee - Scientist explains (time of day)
What is the best time of the day to drink coffee? Did you know that drinking coffee as soon as you wake up, isn’t actually that beneficial? When you wake up, you feel exhausted and groggy, but whether you have coffee or not, within 30 mins, you already feel awake enough to shower, get up, and get your day started, why? The beautiful stress hormone called CORTISOL. Caffeine and cortisol have similar physiological “awakening” effects on our bodies. Caffeine actually boosts Cortisol levels, amongst other things. Because cortisol peaks when we wake up, the effects of drinking caffeine immediately are partially negated. Instead if you wait till later when cortisol drops, you will feel the effects even more!
Let me know if you have tried this? There is some variation for each individuals so you will have to test it one. We don't know if this holds for shift work employees/night shifters but it would be interesting to know (seeing as so many healthcare workers love a good cup of #coffee).
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