How many of us are guilty of drinking coffee right after getting out of bed and before taking anything else?
Well, as much as we want that first thing in the morning to wake us up, there is a better time drinking this favorite hot drink in our cup.
Scientists say the best time to sip your drink is an hour after you wake up. The reason is that in the hour after waking up, our body’s production of cortisol is at one of its three daily peaks.
According to researchers who published a small but intriguing clinical study, people tend to think of cortisol as the “stress hormone” because it’s secreted in higher amounts when feeling strain or tension and decreases when one eat chocolate.
However, another way of thinking of cortisol is as the “alertness hormone,” because the reason bodies’ produce more cortisol when one is under stress is that it increases alertness which supports the “fight or flight” response when faced with stressful situations.
So, why not get the best out of your coffee by sipping a cup an hour after you wake up.
Your second cup may come in outside the other peak cortisol production times, recommended between noon and 1:00 p.m. and your next should be between 5:50 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.