What is the best time to drink coffee? To enjoy its stimulating properties, there are certain times of the day that are more advisable to drink coffee. Find out what they are.
It is possible that at some point you have: have you ever wondered what would actually be the best time, or the best time of day to drink a cup of coffee? Yes, it is possible that you know at what times it would not be so recommended, especially if the effects of caffeine prevent you from falling asleep and resting properly (in this case, you do know that it is not a very good idea to drink coffee in the afternoon). It is usually very common in many houses that, immediately after waking up in the morning, we prepare a cup of strong coffee. The objective? Wake up and stimulate us in order to reduce the feeling of drowsiness.
However, as we saw in a previous article in which we asked ourselves why it is not good to drink coffee after getting up, the reality is that it is a wrong practice. Why? Very simple: in the mornings, especially between 8 and 9 in the morning, the cortisol hormone is at its highest peaks, so when we get up we already have enough stimulation thanks to the action of this natural hormone. The result is more than evident: if after drinking coffee you have practically not noticed its effects, it is because the effect of caffeine is less than that exerted by this hormone, so that your body is already sufficiently stimulated and actually you don’t need coffee to ‘wake up’.
So what is the best time of day to drink my cup of coffee?
If you need to drink your cup of coffee in the morning, it is best to do it two or three hours after getting up. In this way you will be able to enjoy the stimulating qualities of this natural drink.
On the other hand, there are also certain times of the day when it would be more advisable to drink coffee:
- Between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning.
- After lunch, from 13 noon.
This is due to the fact that, although cortisol is at its highest levels between 8 and 9 in the morning, some peaks of this hormone considered secondary are also produced throughout the day: they arise mainly between 12 and 1:00 p.m., and between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Of course, remember that if you need to stimulate yourself but do not want to drink coffee or simply do not want to abuse it, it is best to go outside. Natural light itself is a great way to stimulate your body’s production of cortisol. The reason is that light is the main synchronizer of our circadian rhythms, becoming an excellent option to stimulate the production of cortisol and thus increases our alertness.