Why You Should Avoid Drinking Coffee First Thing In The Morning

Your early morning cup of coffee may be the reason you can’t sleep well at night.

Find out if your coffee drinking habits are making you immune to your cup of joe. By Divyata Raut

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In our busy lives, it’s hard to wake up and even harder to stay awake. The last thing you would want is your cuppa having no effect on your weariness. Turns out, the time you take your coffee makes all the difference.

According to research gathered by Steven Miller, a Ph.D. candidate at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, we should lay off the coffee when cortisol levels are at its peak. Cortisol is a crucial hormone which helps us stay awake in the morning. Our body’s production of cortisol reaches its peak first thing in the morning and at noon.

When caffeine interferes with our natural cortisol production, it causes us to rely less on the hormone and more on caffeine. Gradually, caffeine begins replacing cortisol which explains why habitual coffee drinkers no longer feel the revitalising effect of their early morning brews. Worse still, your body responds to this coffee immunity by producing even more cortisol which disturbs your circadian cycle and keeps you awake at night!

So as lovely as it sounds to take a warm cup of coffee first thing in the morning, it’s more beneficial to have it in the late morning between 9.30am to 11.30am or after lunch from 1.30pm to 5pm.

(Also read: 6 Things That Wake You Up Better Than Coffee) 

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