Most people have their normal routine of drinking coffee: whether it’s in the morning as you wake up from bed, or on the way to work while on the commute, or it’s on your desk when you get to work, people have different coffee habits. However, there might just be one best time to drink coffee, apparently. This has a lot to do with how coffee affects our bodies.
Caffeine works by reducing cortisol in the brain. Cortisol, known as the stress hormone, is also lesser known as the alertness hormone as well. Caffeine decreases the cortisol in our brains, decreasing the amount of stress we experience, as well as increasing our alertness levels.
This is something that we need to take note of when drinking coffee. It might not be such a great idea to take something that will potentially increase alertness when alertness levels are already high. This means that if we drink coffee at the same time our alertness is at its peak, we’re wasting the potential alertness that we can get from caffeine.
It’s the same way how food that satisfies us the most shouldn’t be eaten unless you’re really hungry. You don’t eat a lot of food to satisfy your hunger unless you were actually already hungry in the first place. Otherwise, you’re just wasting food and stocking up on calories, and you’ll still feel hungry later on.
The most effective time to have a cup of coffee should be sometime between 9:30 and 11:30, sometime between noon and 1pm, and sometime between 5:30 and 6:30, where cortisol levels rise, increasing stress and reducing alertness.
It is at these points where a cup of coffee will see its most effective use. Where you’ll actually feel reenergized after a drink.
Don’t forget about caffeine tolerance as well. The more you drink coffee, the less effect you will feel from caffeine. Unless you’re drinking it for the taste (in which point you should be drinking decaf), you should be taking only one cup max per hour to get the most bang for your buck.