What Time Should You Drink Coffee?

By Alyse Borkan  |  Jul 18, 2015
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Whether we admit it or not, most of us depend on our morning cup of joe to get us out of bed. But what time do you drink it? Right after your alarm goes off or after you settle down at work? Although we probably don’t give much thought to the time we start sipping, it turns out there is a real art to getting the most amount of energy from that cup.

One very important part of the circadian cycle is your body’s release of cortisol — the “stress hormone.” Despite its reputation, it isn’t always bad for you, since it also helps keep you alert. We reach our peak levels of cortisol between 8 – 9am, and again at noon. At these specific times, we’re most likely to get a natural boost of alertness.

Though seemingly counterintuitive, coffee actually reduces that cortisol response. This means that the best time to drink coffee is in between those cortisol releases, between 9am and noon.

Normal, right? If you happen to be one of the few that drink coffee while you’re still in bed or after lunch though, you might want to reconsider what time you make your daily trip to Starbucks.

via Refinery29

Image credit: Scott Edelstein

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