The alarm clock rings and after hitting snooze a few times, you finally turn it off, head to your kitchen and pour yourself a cup of coffee. In fact, you don’t know how you would function without that warm, delicious and satisfying cup of coffee.
However, did you know that actually drinking your coffee the first thing in the morning isn’t the best idea? Yep, it’s true! Research has actually found that waiting to drink your morning cup of Joe until later in the morning is actually more effective.
Why Wait to Drink Your Coffee
Though people have been drinking coffee first thing in the morning pretty much since, well, forever (well, maybe not forever, but for a pretty long time,) science has actually disproved this habit.
It actually turns out that early in the morning is actually one of the worst times to drink coffee. How could that be? Well, it’s because of the high cortisol levels that are in the human body in the early morning hours.
Drinking coffee when your cortisol levels are high is actually bad for you for two reason: One, the caffeine in coffee can actually interfere with your body’s production of this important hormone, which is actually your body’s natural response to stress and low blood sugar.
So, when you drink coffee first thing in the morning, you’re actually interfering with your body’s ability to create cortisol. As a result, you end up producing less of the hormone on your own and you become more reliant on the caffeine in order to compensate for the lower production of cortisol.
What does cortisol do? It helps to regulate your energy levels, and early in the morning is when the body produces the highest levels of this hormone.
For people who have a regular sleep schedule and who work from 9 to 5, the best time to drink coffee is actually between the hours of 8 and 9. Why? Because after about 9:30 in the morning, those cortisol levels start to decline, which means that you will start to feel sluggish and tired soon after. Waiting to drink your java while you’re commuting to work or when you first arrive at the office will help to give your system the jolt that it needs to stay awake.
Of course, this rule doesn’t apply to people who work overnight shifts or who don’t have a regular sleep schedule. If you work late night or you sleep during the day, your body’s production of cortisol will be the highest about two hours after you wake up; which is basically the same for people who work a traditional, 9-to-5 job.
So, before you go ahead and pour your cup of coffee as soon as you wake up tomorrow, you might want to drink a glass of OJ instead and put off drinking the coffee until later. Give it a try and see if you feel any different.