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When is the Best Time of Day To Drink Coffee?

Whether you're naturally energetic or a total sloth, your energy levels rise and drop throughout the day. Most people are aware of the 3 p.m. hump, but aside from that challenging hour, what are the other times of day you could really benefit from a cup of coffee? Follow this guide to scheduling all of your java breaks.

Roll out of bed and grab some coffee.Roll out of bed and grab some coffee.

The Moment You Wake Up - Maybe
Your natural instinct may be to reach for a cup of joe the moment you awake - and, depending on when you wake up, you could be correct. AsapSCIENCE explained that the human body produces some of its highest levels of cortisol, the hormone that helps you wake up, between 8 and 9 a.m. Adding caffeine to the mix could cause your body to develop a tolerance that does more damage than good when it comes to your natural ability to energize. However, if you're a late sleeper and you don't step out of bed until 10 a.m., a cup of coffee could lift you out of your cortisol slump. 

After Lunch
There's a reason why so many cultures include some form of coffee with their desserts. According to the same source, cortisol peaks again from 12-1 p.m., meaning there's a slump immediately after. In addition to a drop in this hormone, you're probably feeling the sleepy effects of a full stomach. Combat all of those elements of fatigue with a nice shot of espresso or a bold roast of coffee. 

"The 3 p.m. struggle is real."

Mid Afternoon
The 3 p.m. hump is an actual struggle felt by many. It's important to schedule in a solid coffee break around this time to get you through the remainder of the work or school day. When you have a Mr. Coffee® Smart Optimal Brew™ 10-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Wemo®, you can program the device to brew at all of these key times. You can use your smart phone or tablet to schedule a fresh pot of coffee to be ready and waiting for you when you need it most. Just be sure to stop all of your coffee intake or switch to decaf after this round. AsapSCIENCE noted that your last spike in cortisol typically happens between 5:30-6:30 p.m., and you'll want to let your body unwind and prepare for bed after that.