Most of us need coffee when we get up.
Understandable, but wrong because of biochemistry and cortisol.
Morning smells like coffee. Most of us need it as soon as we get out of bed, as if it were a ritual, a pleasant time to start a day with energy. But are we sure drinking it when you wake up is good for our system? In this regard, science intervenes, with a study conducted by Steven Miller, a neuropsychologist and chronpharmacology expert, the discipline that analyzes the interaction between different biological rhythms of the human body and medicines.
According to Dr Miller, in fact, the morning as soon as you get up is the worst time to enjoy your beloved coffee. Why? This is a matter of biochemistry, as our body produces a substance, cortisol, which is fundamental to our hormonal cycle. It’s the cortisol that helps us wake up in the morning and put us out at night. Drinking coffee at times when the body releases more cortisol is a mistake, because caffeine replaces it and does not potentiate it. Basically, in this time zone, coffee puts us on track unnaturally and we become dependent on it.
Also, Dr Miller also explains that taking coffee when our cortisol level reaches its peak, which is between 8:00 and 9:00 in the morning, could cause many people an annoying headache. The overload of cortisol, then, could produce the opposite effect, that is, it could make you feel tired and drowsy.
But then, what is the best time to take a good cup of coffee?
The ideal time would be from 9.30 and 11.30 in the morning, just when the cortisol level in the blood has dropped and we replace it with caffeine, and after lunch, from 13.30 to 17.00. A wide time to be able to taste it. In the morning when you wake up, instead, choose to drink a good orange juice or juice. You will probably immediately feel smarter and more productive and face the day with more energy.