Did you know that there is a ‘best time’ to drink coffee? And it might not be when you think...
Our bodies run on their own internal clock, otherwise known as the ‘circadian rhythm’. Your body clock ensures you are getting night after night of blissful, rejuvenating sleep; it is important to keep the circadian rhythm consistent and in good health.
For many of us, coffee is the first thing we drink in the morning and one of the only things we drink throughout the day. In fact, there are an estimated 70 million cups of coffee consumed in the UK every day. What a lot of people don’t realise, however, is that there's a right time and a wrong time to enjoy one of the nation’s favourite drinks.
Though it may not feel like it some days, your peak alertness time is when you first wake up. At this time, your body begins producing a hormone called ‘cortisol’, sometimes referred to as the ‘stress hormone’. Cortisol boosts mental acuity, and when a caffeinated drink is consumed first thing in the morning, the body is essentially being given a double dose.
As this becomes a routine, the body begins developing a caffeine tolerance. The effect of the caffeine weakens over time, which may be why an extra espresso in your morning cup is needed to boost alertness!
The best time to enjoy that beautiful cup of coffee is roughly 3 hours after you’ve woken up. This is when cortisol levels begin to drop and your body may find a boost in energy quite useful.
Caffeine also interferes with the body’s production of melatonin. Melatonin is also known as the ‘sleep hormone’, and drinking coffee up to three hours before heading off to bed can cause an imbalance in melatonin levels to leave you laid under the duvet counting sheep!
So tomorrow morning, try something different. When you get up, enjoy a pint of cold water. It will wake you up naturally and kick start your metabolism, giving you a roaring start to the day.