A new video by AsapScience debunks the belief that morning coffee is your best bet for helping you feel more awake early in the day – and it actually makes complete sense.
The video explains that your circadian rhythm (your body’s natural 24-hour cycle) controls the release of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is related to your level of alertness during the day. Your cortisol levels peak between the hours of 8am and 9am – so you shouldn’t drink coffee at that time!
I repeat: you don’t really need caffeine from 8am to 9am. In fact, if you drink coffee during that time, the video explains, you are actually diminshing the effect the caffeine in the coffee would’ve had. You’ll (a) end up building a tolerance to it and (b) be a miserable morning human.
Medical Daily reports that cortisol also peaks around noon and 1pm and from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, so in addition to avoiding coffee during that morning hour, it’s best not to drink it at these times either. On the flip side, cortisol levels are lowest between 3am and 4am, so if you’re awake at that time and need a boost, have at it then.
Watch the video below. Have your mind blown. Reevaluate everything you’ve ever known to be true. Then go get some coffee. You deserve it.