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The Best Time To Drink Coffee [ its not when you wake up]

That morning cuppa could work better ( boosts your alertness ) and even taste better if you drink it at this specific time.

Most of us probably head for the coffee machine as soon as we wake up in the morning. In fact, over 85 percent of Americans consume caffeine regularly—and coffee is the preferred medium. 

As for the optimal time to drink your daily cup of Joe? There’s a “sweet spot” that could maximize your caffeine kick, and surprisingly enough, it’s not first thing in the morning.

Although having your coffee right away may cause your alertness to spike in the a.m., that feeling quickly crashes just a few hours later. That’s why you should “definitely limit coffee when you first wake up,” Laura Cipullo, registered dietitian and author of
Women’s Health Body Clock Diet, told CNBC .

To get the most bang for your brew, experts recommend drinking your coffee in the mid-morning or early afternoon, instead. Getting a hit of caffeine about three to four hours after you wake up will do the trick, too. Why? At that point in the day, your body is low on cortisol—the stress hormone that makes you feel alert—and desperately needs a good pick-me-up.

Of course, if you can’t function without your morning cuppa, then by all means, continue drinking! Not everyone abides by the mid-morning theory, anyway. Registered dietitian-nutritionist Melanie Dellinges believes it’s the amount of caffeine you consume, not when you consume it, that matters the most. She recommends limiting your intake to two to four cups a day.

Regardless of when you decide to drink your java, try to avoid drinking coffee (or stick to decaf!) after 2 or 3 in the afternoon. Research shows that caffeine can disrupt your sleep up to six hours after you consume it.

[Source: CNBC ]

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