Time for coffee? Maybe not…

92b1694d09d2e4775b32389e22a17376So I have given you tips in earlier blog posts on the best ways to drink your coffee, and the benefits to drinking coffee, and the best type of coffee, and many other things. And you may easily be doing make of those things right. But are you drinking your coffee at the right time of day to get the optimum results from the caffeine? If you just drink coffee because it tastes good, you don’t need to worry about this. If you feel like your morning coffee is whispering good morning to you, that could be a problem! If you are an avid morning coffee drinker, your coffee is not actually helping you feel more awake. I wake up every day and go straight to the coffee pot to brew up a nice cup of coffee to wake me up, but my body is actually using its internal process already to achieve that same outcome. Onnit Academy shares that “When you first wake up, your cortisol levels are shooting through the roof…get your morning routine out of the way…wait an hour before you drink your coffee.” Sadly, your cortisol levels and the caffeine from your coffee do not work together to wake you up. When you drink coffee within the first hour of waking up, your cortisol will dilute the effects of the caffeine because it is already hard at work to wake you up. Your cortisol levels peak between 12-1 pm and 5:30-6:30 pm. To get the most out of your coffee, try drinking a cup a half hour after these times, and if you are a morning drinker, an hour after the time you would normally drink your coffee. Also, be careful drinking coffee before bed. Caffeine prevents sleep by blocking adenosine receptors in the brain. Adenosine is the transmitter to your brain saying that the body is tired and needs rest. So make sure you know yourself well and know how long caffeine effects your body.

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