A Scientist Figured Out The Most Effective Time To Drink Coffee — Guess When It Is?

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This morning over at Gizmodo, Ph.D. candidate Steven Miller explains the “best” time to drink coffee in fascinating detail. It has to do with chronopharmacology — or, roughly, the efficacy of drugs at different times of day — and cortisol, a naturally occurring stress hormone that increases alertness.

Since our cortisol levels naturally spike between 8 AM and 9 AM (and again between noon and 1 PM, and between 5:30 and 6:30 PM), it would not behoove the clever coffee drinker to consume their brew during this time. The average person is already naturally at maximum levels of alertness.

Therefore, Miller says, the most effective time to drink coffee is between 9:30 and 11:30 AM, when your cortisol levels are dropping off before their next spike. Writes the author–

Drug tolerance is an important subject, especially in the case of caffeine since most of us overuse this…

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