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Is There an Ideal Time of Day to Drink Coffee?

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It's a morning ritual repeated countless times over across the nation: Sleepy Americans are jolted awake from their deep slumbers by screeching alarms. They drag themselves out of bed, eager for that first sip of morning java. Wandering sleepily over to their Mr. Coffee® Pump Espresso Makers, they wait patiently for that first delectable, aromatic sip to give them life. After a cup (or two) have been consumed, the nation's workforce are well and truly ready to tackle another day. It's common sense after all - coffee was made for mornings.

What if, however, we told you that first thing in the morning isn't actually the best time to drink your coffee? That's crazy, right? Coffee and mornings go together like peanut butter and jelly, like peas and carrots. Well no, actually, they don't ... according to science at least!

Curious? Read on to learn more.

Why Mornings May Not be the Best Time For a Caffeine Buzz
According to researchers, drinking coffee to wake ourselves up first thing may not be all that effective. The reasoning, they argue, is that our bodies tend to be more naturally awake when we first get out of bed, due to the production of a hormone named cortisol. Drinking your morning coffee when your cortisol levels are higher means that you'll be less likely to notice the caffeine buzz - in other words it will be less effective. Furthermore, if you drink coffee every morning, your body will come to crave the caffeine and produce less cortisol as a consequence, instead using the caffeine to keep you alert. This is what is essentially known as tolerance - the more coffee we need each morning, the more our body needs to produce the desired effect. 

Waking up to that morning cup of joe may not be the best move after all!Waking up to that morning cup of joe may not be the best move after all!

When is the Best Time to Drink Your Java?
Our cortisol fluctuates naturally throughout the day anyway - with spikes in the hormone occurring roughly three times in a given 24 hour period. That's why you may feel sleepy all afternoon at work, but perk up around dinner time while enjoying a meal with friends. The key to getting the most out of your coffee, in terms of a caffeine boost at least, is to fire up your Mr. Coffee® Pump Espresso Maker at times when your cortisol levels are at their lowest.

While the peaks and troughs of cortisol production vary between individuals, scientists suggest that for the average individual waking up in the morning, heading to their nine to five job, coffee should ideally be avoided until around 10 am. Anytime after 10 am until say noon is an ideal window for that first coffee of the day, at least according to the researchers. And if you're prone to an afternoon slump, you're not alone. Most people experience another drop in cortisol between the hours of two and five, which means one thing - it's the perfect time for that second (or third) cup of caffeinated goodness!