Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Why drinking coffee in the morning is wrong

Everybody wakes up in the morning thinking about that magical drink with a fantastic smell called coffee, right? Well, not everybody, cause I drink green tea which you'll find out more about soon in an article. Ok! So, everyone loves coffee and wakes up with coffee in mind. Well, sorry to tell you but, you're doing it wrong...unfortunately.
You're surely saying right now: "Haa?! WTF?!". Well, yeah! Coffee should not be drunk right after you get out of bed, but after a period of time. Let's move on, shall we?


Why drinking coffee in the morning is wrong

The circadian rhythm

You all might have heard about the internal biological clock and if you haven't, read my articles about sleep and how you can get the best of it. Ok so this clock controls how sleepy we are during the day and the release of cortisol, the stress hormone, (You know!...fight-or-flight mechanism...) which manages your alertness during the day.
Well, in the morning, cortisol levels are at their highest, so that your body can start its engines and wake you up.
So, studies have shown that it's not good to interfere with this natural mechanism, because it makes your body to become resistant to caffeine and you will need more and more coffee during the day and you will feel more tired.

Cortisol levels

So far so good. It's not good to drink coffee when your cortisol levels peek. Then, when to drink it? Cortisol levels and the circadian rhythm are controlled by sunlight and your sleep cycle.
Cortisol levels spike the first hour when you wake up and than at every 4-5 hours, so avoid drinking coffee at those hours.
For example, if you wake up at 8:00 a.m., your cortisol levels spike between 8:00-9:00 a.m., 12:00-1:00 p.m and 4:00-5:00 p.m., so, drink your coffee out of these intervals.


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