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Many of us wake up with one thing on our mind - COFFEE!
Or at least, some form of caffeinated beverage to get your day started.
But what if I told you you've been drinking your coffee incorrectly this entire time?
We all have an internal biological clock called the circadian rhythm that regulates many processes
throughout our body, including how sleepy we are through the day.
And it's this clock that controls the release of a hormone called cortisol.
Often referred to as the stress hormone because it's secreted in high levels during your body's fight or flight response.
Cortisol also happens to be related to your level of alertness through the day.
And it just so happens that between 8 and 9 AM cortisol levels peak.
This means that your body has a natural mechanism to wake you up.
And while you may think that caffeine can complement this mechanism, scientists have actually found that consuming coffee
or energy drinks during peak cortisol production greatly diminishes the caffeine's effect AND
builds up a greater tolerance to the drug in the long run.
Overall, that means you get less of a buzz, and need even more to stay awake in the future. We break down caffeine
addiction and tolerance in a previous video “Your Brain on Coffee” which you can check
out here!
For this reason, drinking coffee after your cortisol surge at 9AM is probably best. Scientists
have found a few other times where cortisol peaks as well: between noon and 1pm, and 5:30
and 6:30pm. Which means your best drinking your coffee outside of these times.
These cortisol spikes - and your circadian rhythm in general - are most strongly regulated
by sunlight, meaning your sleep schedule doesn't come in to play as strongly.
So what if you wake up extremely early, or really late? Should you drink coffee right
away then? Well, scientists have actually found that cortisol levels do indeed increase
about 50% right after you wake up, regardless of the time. Science says, wait at least an
hour to get your cup of joe, and your body will be optimally ready to go!
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Are You Consuming Your Coffee Correctly?

49536 Folder Collection
JO published on February 19, 2016    Silvia W. translated    Kristi Yang reviewed
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