For many people a cup of coffee is as vital as getting dressed or checking Instagram when it comes to a morning routine.
It is therefore shocking to hear that a new study has found coffee should not be drunk in the morning. In fact, first thing is the worst point in the day to get your caffeine fix. Say what?!
The research has discovered that your brain actually uses the caffeine most efficiently at other times, and it’s all down to your hormones, specifically the hormone cortisol.
Throughout the day your levels of cortisol rise and fall but the general rule is that levels are highest in the morning (with a peak at 8am), and fall throughout the day.
Drinking caffeine majorly interferes with your cortisol levels and actually causes your body to produce less. Therefore drinking it in the morning when your levels are at their highest means the coffee your drinking is actually the least effective on your brain and body.
Plus, if you drink coffee in the morning over a long period your body will actually stop producing the cortisol hormone, and that is why people come reliant on the caffeine. Scary stuff.
So when is the best time to drink coffee? Well, scientists recommended that if you want to make the most of your cuppa it’s best to drink it when cortisol naturally dips. I.e. When you actually need it the most… According to researchers this is on average between 10 a.m. and noon, and between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Who would of thought, eh?
It looks like we need to seriously switch up our coffee schedule. 4pm Starbucks run, anyone?
By Elizabeth Bennett