Study Reveals the Best Time of the Day For Your First Cup of Coffee

· March 5, 2017
What time do you have your first cup of coffee? If you're like most people, it's as soon as you get up. A new study, however, has just revealed an even better time for your first cup of coffee.

Though many of us are used to having coffee as soon as we get up, it’s actually much more effective to wait a bit for our cortisol levels to go down.


What time do you have your first cup of coffee? If you’re like most people, it’s as soon as you get up. You probably need to clear the sleepiness and get a good shot of energy and postivity.

This may not be the best habit, according to a new study.

Science, always eager to answer our most ordinary questions, has revealed that your first dose of coffee may not be such a good thing first thing in the morning.

Let’s take a look at their results.

Your first cup of coffee is always better a little later.

We know that mornings smell like coffee. We get out of bed, open the window to that sunrise and the workday ahead of us, and the first thing in our mind is getting a good shot of caffeine to “function.”

Naturally, you’re probably a little skeptical about waiting a few hours.

There are actually good reasons they explain for why it is a good idea to wait at least two hours after getting up, however.

Let’s take a look at them.

1. Cortisol levels and coffee


Steven Miller is a neuropsychologist and an expert in chronopharmacology, the science that analyzes the interactions between the different biological rhythms of the human body and medicines.

After publishing some studies on his scientific blog”NeuroscienceDC, he explained that having that first cup of coffee right when you get up isn’t as effective as you think.

The reason lies in our circadian rhythms and cortisol.

Our circadian rhythms are what control our sleep habits and regulate cortisol, the so-called “stress hormone” in charge of keeping us alert.

When we open our eyes to the new day and get up, cortisol starts working by itself.

In fact, just like different studies on circadian rhythms explain, the time of day cortisol is most active is between 8 and 9 in the morning.

2. Coffee and headaches


Having coffee at this time of day means taking in a stimulant right when you’re naturally reaching a level of alertness.

As Dr. Miller explains, the science is clear and decisive: it’s not a good idea to ingest a drug when your body doesn’t need it.

Having coffee when your cortisol levels are a little elevated explains why some people get headaches. They’re overloaded and their bodies sometimes react the opposite of the intended: they feel more anxious and even more tired.

It’s clear, however, that not everyone’s body reacts the same. While having coffee first thing in the morning works for certain people, if you wait a little longer, the benefits will be more powerful for others.

The best time to drink coffee? Between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning.


Of course, the best time to drink coffee all depends on what time you get up. It’s most advisable to wait between an hour and a half and two hours after waking up.

That’s when your blood’s cortisol levels have lowered a little and you get a perfect opening for your caffeine dose.

One of the basic principles of pharmacology is taking medicine when it’s needed. Having coffee when your cortisol levels are at their highest will make you more likely to develop a tolerance to it.

In other words, you won’t feel the effects of the coffee.

That means you will feel the need for another cup of coffee after awhile. It won’t seem like enough.

In the previously cited article, Dr. Miller tells us there are two ideal times to drink coffee during the day: between 9:30 and 11:30 and between 1:30 and 5:00.

It may be worth giving it a try. After all, we have a wide range of time to enjoy our daily dose of coffee.

Getting up and having a good breakfast of fresh juice with some protein and fiber and then waiting up to two hours to have our dose of caffeine might be the solution, especially for those who get headaches.

You may just suddenly notice yourself much more awake, productive, and energetic to face your day.

Ready to try it out?