It seems as though we’ve all been programed to drink our coffee right when we wake up in the morning. However, recent studies show for the strongest energy boost, it may be better to align your coffee with your hormones.
Our circadian clock is programmed into us genetically- it controls the release of a hormone, cortisol, which makes us feel alert. We produce cortisol all day long, but peak production occurs between 8 and 9 am. A lot of people are drinking their first cup of Joe at this time, diminishing the stimulating effects of the coffee.
By drinking coffee at 8 in the morning, we’re not only losing out on the benefits of a natural energy boost, we could also be causing ourselves some problems. Coffee has been proven to increase cortisol levels and stress when enjoyed at peak cortisol times- 8-9, 12-1, and 5:30-6:30. Taking that into consideration, it would seem to make sense to time coffee drinking between 9:30 and 11:30 and 1:30 and 5:00 when your cortisol levels dip and you could most use an energy boost.
So perhaps we should drink our coffee a little later in the day, instead of first thing in the morning. Just a little coffee for thought.