Ever asked yourself What is the best time of day to drink Coffee?
According to a British Coffee Association (BCA), us Brits drink around 95 Million cups of Coffee per day. 25% of is consumed at Home or while studying and a massive 65% of Coffee is brewed at home. There are known benefits to drinking Coffee in moderation, around three to five cups per day for most people as coffee can contribute to a healthy, balanced diet with evidence of improving alertness, physical performance levels, decreasing risk of cognitive decline and even reducing risks of some cancers.
However, Laura Cipullo, a registered dietitian and author of Women’s Health Body Clock Diet, suggests that drinking your morning coffee as soon as you wake up could cause jitters and make you feel too ‘hyper’.
She also suggests that the optimum time for that first Caffeine Hit is a few hours after you wake up due to the chemicals that are still present in your bloodstream for a while after. When you first wake up, your body is full of the stress hormone cortisol, which can make you feel anxious – best not introduce Caffeine into the mix as this will amplify any anxiety that you may be feeling.
Conversely, you you also know when to have your last Cup of Caffeine of the day so that your sleep is not affected. even though the effect of Caffeine peaks about 30 to 60 minutes after consumption, it stays in your system for up to 5 hours afterwards which can have a disturbing effect on your sleep pattern. People with Caffeine sensitivities may feel symptoms for several hours or even days after.
When Coffee is consumed correctly, and within that golden band of time between 10am and 4pm it can reduce the possible symptoms of anxiety, irritability, and insomnia.
Although Caffeine is present in higher doses in your daily Coffee, it is of course also present in black and green tea, chocolate, energy drinks, soft drinks and even some over the counter medicines.