You shouldn’t drink coffee as soon as you wake up or six hours before going to bed, according to a sleep expert.
Dr. Deborah Lee, resident sleep expert at Get Laid Beds, said the hormone cortisol “follows a specific rhythm of your own sleep cycle” that peaks 30 to 45 minutes after waking up and then gradually declines to throughout the day.
As a result, Dr. Lee said the best time to have a morning coffee is at 10 a.m., or at least 45 minutes after waking up in the morning.
Drinking it beforehand can make you ‘immune’ to coffee over time.
Caffeine works by blocking sleep-promoting receptors in the brain, called adenosine receptors, and can also make it difficult to sleep at night if coffee is consumed too late in the day.
Dr. Deborah Lee, resident sleep expert at Get Laid Beds, said that, at a minimum, the best time to have a morning coffee is 45 minutes after waking up. But the ideal time is 10 am, assuming you wake up at 7 am (stock image)
When is the best time to drink coffee?
Dr. Lee explained that 10 a.m. is the perfect time to drink caffeine.
‘If you are one of those who wake up around 7 in the morning, for example, leaving your first coffee between 10 and 12 at night will be when your body, and your mind, will appreciate it the most and you will obtain the greatest benefits from the caffeine. ,’ she said.
“Given your own rhythm, the best time to take your caffeine dose would be at least 45 minutes after waking up, when your cortisol rhythm begins to drop.”
He explained that when you wake up, the level of cortisol, the stress hormone, is at its peak, which improves alertness and concentration while regulating metabolism and the immune system.
“Elevated cortisol levels can affect your immune system, and if they’re already at their peak when you wake up, drinking coffee as soon as you open your eyes can do more harm than good, and can even make you immune to caffeine for a long time “. period of time,” she said.
When should you stop drinking coffee to sleep better?
It is also recommended to stop drinking coffee at least six hours before bedtime for better rest, especially for those who have difficulty relaxing at night.
However, Dr. Lee noted that this varies from person to person depending on their caffeine tolerance.
“To avoid disrupting your sleep pattern, avoid caffeine after 3 p.m., including coffee, soft drinks, energy drinks, and even decaffeinated tea,” she said.
‘Try switching to herbal teas if you need a hot drink to keep you warm, or decaffeinated to make you think you’re getting your caffeine fix. Your sleep schedule will thank you!’