Did you know that consuming a cup of coffee first thing in the morning dampens the energy-boosting impact of caffeine and may lead to increased tolerance of the stimulant?
Now, everybody is different. Yes, of course! But then everybody is guided by the 24-hour hormonal cycle, often referred to as the circadian rhythm. This circadian cycle is genetically preprogrammed into us. True, we sometimes mess with our cycles through lifestyle habits; however, the major factor contributing to the regulation of this cycle is sunlight.
One of the major things that the circadian clock controls in humans is the release of a hormone termed as cortisol. Cortisol makes us feel awake and alert. Now, here’s the thing. Your body produces cortisol every day; however, the production is at its peak between8–9 am (of course, under normal circumstances.)
So what does this mean? This implies that the time that most people choose to have their first cup of coffee – usually on their way to work – needs to be wisely chosen because at this time their bodies are “naturally caffeinating” effectively!
If you consume caffeine via coffee at this time, you actually diminish the impact of the additional stimulation that coffee can provide. Since you are consuming coffee when it is not needed, your body develops a tolerance to it and you do not get the buzz that you really want.
Cortisol is also considered as a stress related hormone and consumption of coffee at peak cortisol times further elevates the production of cortisol. This disturbs nature’s circadian cycle and leads to a detrimental impact on health.
Therefore, the best time to consume coffee is the time when your cortisol level naturally dips –this also coincides with the traditional idea of coffee breaks. So, if you want to maximize the health benefits of coffee drink it between 9:30am – 11:30am and 1:30pm – 5:00pm.