What time do you reach for your first cup of coffee? Most of us think the sooner the better, and start drinking coffee around 8 a.m. But according to recent research, that’s not necessarily the best time. This article, published recently on Fast Company’s FastCo Design website, points out that because of our bodies’ circadian rhythms, we naturally produce cortisol early in the morning upon waking (on average cortisol levels peak between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.) — which means our bodies are naturally approaching their maximum level of alertness.
It seems we should check the clock and wait until our natural alertness has peaked in order for coffee to be more effective. According to the article, “your coffee will probably be the most effective if you enjoy it between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., when your cortisol levels are dropping before the next spike.”
Timing, it seems, is everything. For more on the science of coffee consumption, see the full article, “The Best Time Of Day To Drink Coffee” linked above.