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If you want to get the most out of your coffee you need to have a strategy. You can’t just stumble out of bed and reach for the coffee pot. Here is the right way to do it.
How Does It Work?
It is all about the levels of cortisol – the stress hormone – which controls how sleepy you are during the day.
Your body releases quite a lot of this hormone approximately 3 times a day:
- 10-20 minutes after you get out of bed. It does this naturally in order to make you more alert and energized.
- Between 12pm and 1pm.
- Between 5:30 and 6:30 pm.
And you need to be timing your coffee consumption outside these times, because you don’t won’t to interfere with your body’s natural energy buzz. If you do, you will build up your tolerance to coffee, which means that you will start needing more and more of it until eventually it stops working altogether.
So Here Are The Best Times To Have A Cup Of Coffee:
- An hour after you woke up. This is when the cortisol production starts to wane. So don’t grab a cup of coffee right after you get out of bed, wait for at least an hour. Try taking coffee to go, or wait till you get to the office to get your first cup of coffee.
- After 1pm. This is when another cortisol dip occurs. This is also around the time most of us have had lunch. Which makes this an even more perfect time for coffee as we start feeling drowsy after our meal.
- Around 4pm (or after 7pm if you’ve got a late night planned ahead). You will get another cortisol peak at around 6pm, so if you need an extra energy boost, it is better to drink coffee either before or after that.
Check out the full explanation in the video above. Plus it explains when to drink coffee if you’re waking up really early or going to bed really late.