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Early Morning Is Actually The Worst Time To Drink Coffee

By Sydney Cook
Posted On Jun 28, 2016
Early Morning Is Actually The Worst Time To Drink Coffee

Good ol’ science, always coming over and ruining our party. Every so often science invalidates the reasoning behind a profoundly embedded habit we have. Today’s culprit: coffee in the morning.

Chances are, you’re drink coffee wrong. And by wrong, I don’t mean you’re adding too much sugar or cream. You’re simply drinking it in the morning as you were trained to do. According to a YouTube science channel, ASAP Science, the morning is actually one of the worst times of day to drink coffee. “Why?” you ask.

Well, the high levels of cortisol (the hormone that makes you feel awake) in our bodies early in the morning makes it a bad idea. Cortisol levels are highest in the morning when you wake up because your body is alarming you that it is daytime now, so get up! Consuming caffeine when cortisol levels are high interferes with the body’s natural production of cortisol teaching your body to rely on caffeine instead.

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This is why habitual drinkers say coffee has less of an effect on them than a once-in-a-while-drinker. Rather than supplementing the boost we get from cortisol, caffeine replaces it. Those who believe to have a tolerance for coffee have most likely altered the amount of cortisol their body produces during the day. Coffee drinkers who are exhausted in the morning if they skipped their daily cup of joe have modified their circadian rhythm in such a way that they need caffeine to reach the level of alertness they used to achieve without it.

Keep in mind that the cortisol levels aren’t just high early in the morning. The levels are high three times a day – during the early morning, around mid-day, and in the evening – so the best times to drink coffee or caffeine, in general, are between 10 a.m. and 12 noon, and between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. These times may vary a bit depending on the time a person wakes up; however they are standard for the average person with normal waking times. Basically, the general rule of thumb is not to consume caffeine within three hours of waking up or three hours of going to bed.

 

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