When should you drink your cup of coffee?

Is there a right time to drink coffee?

By now, you've probably heard all the healthy benefits coffee contains. It contains antioxidants, which help rid your body of free radicals thus reducing inflammation. Also, it helps boost your metabolism. And now, studies claim that drinking coffee won't cause dehydration. Lastly, coffee contains caffeine, which is probably the main reason you drink coffee.

But did you know that apparently there is a right time to drink coffee? Or should I say, best time to drink coffee. According to science, there may be a reason you feel your 3:30 afternoon slump, and it could be when you're drinking your coffee.

Cortisol, folks. If you're a healthy individual, your brain produces  a certain amount of cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone that keeps you alert, and when it's absent, makes you feel sleepy. You may have heard the term circadian rhythm, and if you haven't think of it as your internal clock and it is different for everyone.  Its a 24 hour cycle.  So, if you tend to wake up around 6:30 in the morning, your cortisol levels peak at  8 to 9 am, noon to 1:00 pm, and 5:30 to 6:30 pm. If you have a different wake up time, just adjust those numbers back three hours. I know, I know, it's hard not to want to drink coffee first thing in the morning.

Now, for those of you who consume coffee in the afternoon, well scientists still don't recommend that you drink coffee in the afternoon because caffeine can remain in your system for up to 12 hours. Thus, creating insomnia and added stress on your body. Personally, I avoid caffeine after 1:00 pm, but I know some people that drink caffeine later in the day and claim to have no issues sleeping. I say, use your own judgement or be honest with yourself. Some avid coffee drinkers chose to ignore that there could be a  possibility that drinking coffee later in the day may have an effect on one's sleeping.



  1. Larry Fossen 4 June, 2019 at 18:34 Reply

    This tells me when not to drink coffee, but it doesn’t say when to drink coffee. Am I missing something?

    • Hope Osterholt 5 June, 2019 at 09:46 Reply

      Hi Larry. The post is just recommends that you avoid drinking coffee in the afternoon because it could affect your sleeping pattern. So instead, it is best to drink your cup of coffee in the morning.

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