Rise and Grind: Just How Important is That Morning Cup of Joe?
For many (if not most), coffee is an integral part of the morning ritual. Whether you have it right after you wake up, or just before you head out the door, it’s hard to fathom how your life would be without your morning coffee. Over the years, different schools of thought have emerged regarding the true value of that early morning cup of joe—it’s fantastic, or it’s bad practice. Research has even been conducted in this matter. What do you think? We will give you the facts, and let you decide for yourself. While coffee has proven to have numerous health benefits, determining when is the best time to drink it is key. If you feel like even when you drink your coffee it doesn’t give you the boost that you are looking for, there could be an explanation. Recent research has shown that drinking coffee very first thing in the morning is actually the worst time. In scientific terms, our bodies are guided by a 24-hour hormonal cycle, known as the circadian clock. These rhythms are naturally programmed into us, but those cycles can be altered through lifestyle habits. In humans, this clock controls the release of a hormone called cortisol, which is what makes us feel awake. The peak production of cortisol occurs between 6 and 9 am, more so between 8 and 9 am. So, at the very time that you are probably having your first cup of coffee, your body is already ‘caffeinating’ itself naturally. By drinking coffee at this time (when you don't actually need it), the effectiveness of coffee stimulation is significantly reduced. Disrupting your circadian rhythms can have other negative effects on your health, including developing a long-term caffeine dependence. Therefore, it’s not really a matter of whether or not morning coffee consumption is good or bad, it’s more about choosing WHEN to drink it. To get the most out of your morning coffee, and to enjoy it without those negative effects, you should ideally consume it between 9:30 am and 11:30 am, which is when those cortisol levels are dropping. In short, it’s not absolutely necessary to drink coffee first thing in the morning. You should wait till approximately mid-morning, and optimally, drink at the most, just 4 cups a day. Try experimenting with your daily coffee schedule, and let us know what you have found to be the most successful for you. With CoffeeAM, you will look forward to your morning cup of joe each and everyday.