The question "how to drink coffee" can be divided into two parts: how often to drink coffee and what is the optimal time to do it with health benefits. For those who drink coffee regularly (like every day) both questions are relevant. Let's first talk about what is the best time to drink coffee and when it's necessary to abstain from caffeine intake.
Is it healthy to drink coffee in the morning?
There is a stereotype that the best time for a cup of coffee is morning. Considering that many of us start the day with a coffee, this myth is quite popular. In fact, things are not so simple, and caffeine can inflict serious harm to our health.
In the morning, in strict accordance with the biological clock, the body produces a hormone called cortisol which is necessary for carbohydrate metabolism as it is involved in the body responding to stress. After "caffeine invasion" the body produces less cortisol, thus caffeine will be used to quash stress.
As a result, if you drink coffee every day in the morning, when the cortisol levels are high, people develop caffeine addiction which adversely affects the biological rhythm and organism as a whole.
Afternoon and evening is the optimal time for coffee intake
According to Wikipedia, the maximum concentration of cortisol is observed in the morning (see above), and the minimum – in the evening. Accordingly, if you drink coffee in the afternoon, it won’t affect the level of cortisol.
So, the optimal time at which we advise to drink coffee is:
- From 10 o'clock in the morning and till dinner
- From 2 pm to 5 pm
This time is also the most secure because you have a float while caffeine metabolism cycle is taking place. During this periods, short- and relatively long-term effects of caffeine will show up, then you can drink coffee without compromising your daily round and will be ready for going to sleep.
Coffee at night: Pros and Cons
Some people believe that a cup of coffee at night has a hypnotic influence and improves sleep. In fact, it doesn’t not! Dodgers who proudly assert us that they quietly drink espresso before bed and sleep like the dead are most likely experienced coffee drinkers who have developed tolerance to caffeine. Due to caffeine addiction the person ceases to feel the effects of a standard dose of caffeine, so a small cup of coffee shouldn’t throwa coffee lover off sleep at night.
If you suffer from insomnia, you mustn’t drink coffee at night as it will only worsen your physical condition. We strongly recommend you to read the article about some effects of caffeine on the brain and mental activity. The fact is that caffeine blocks adenosine receptors which affect fatigue. As a result of the forced containment your brain receives strong energy boost, thus you can not get to sleep until negative effects of drinking coffee “erode” during metabolism.
On the other hand, coffee at night can have a positive impact – for good reason caffeine is used as one of the key components in headache pills. Doctors advise to drink a small cup of coffee to elderly people experiencing hypnic headaches through the night. However in these cases it makes sense to drink small amount of coffee not later than 30 minutes before going to bed. If you suffer from hypnic headache, attend your doctor and ask him or her about coffee drinking at night and recommended dosages for you individually.
Summary. The facts we pointed is desirable to make everyday rules. In fact, there is no particular schedule for coffee breaks. Try to fix for yourself when your body can cope with coffee, and when there are some problems observed. If you make a schedule for regular coffee drinking, it becomes a good habit, not turning into serious addiction and negative effects won’t be felt.