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    Why You Shouldn’t Grab A Coffee As Soon As You Wake Up, Sleep Expert Says 

    Why You Shouldn’t Grab A Coffee As Soon As You Wake Up, Sleep Expert Says 

    Drink coffee 45 minutes after waking up for a further energy boost.

    Additionally, don’t have coffee six hours before your bedtime. According to a sleep expert, most people will head to the coffee machine as soon as they wake up, but doing that doesn’t give you the biggest energy boost.

    Caffeine works by blocking sleep-promoting receptors in your brain called adenosine receptors, explaining why people who drink caffeine too late in the day may struggle to sleep at night.

    Doctor Deborah Lee, a sleep expert working with Get Laid Beds, wooden bed makers in the US and UK, discusses more about the best coffee tips for when and why.

    Why doesn’t coffee work as soon as you wake up?

    “When you wake up, your stress hormone cortisol level is at its peak, which is a hormone that enhances alertness and focus, as well as regulating your metabolism and immune system response.

    Elevated levels or cortisol may impact your immune system, and if they’re already at its peak when waking up, drinking coffee as soon as your eyes open may do more harm than good, and may even make you immune to caffeine over a long period of time.”

    So, when is the best time to drink coffee?

    “The cortisol hormone follows a rhythm specific to your sleeping cycle. They peak within half an hour to forty-five minutes of waking up and then slowly will decline throughout the day, explaining why you may peak in the morning and get more tired at night.

    Taking into account your own rhythm, the best time to have your caffeine fix would be 45 minutes after waking up, when your cortisol rhythm starts to dip.

    The best time to drink coffee is typically mid-to-late morning, when your cortisol is much lower and you can start to feel that energy slump. Of course, not too late in the afternoon, as it could affect your sleep.

    If you’re someone who wakes up at around 7am, for example, leaving your first coffee until around 10am to 12pm will be when your body and mind will appreciate it the most, and you’ll get the most benefits from the caffeine.”

    When should you stop drinking coffee for a better night’s sleep?

    “Typically, you should stop drinking coffee at least six hours before you sleep. However, this is different for different people, and only you know your caffeine tolerance.

    To avoid messing up your sleeping pattern, avoid any caffeine after 3 p.m., including coffee, fizzy drinks, energy drinks, and even non-caffeinated tea.

    Try switching to herbal teas if you need a hot drink to stay warm or decaf to trick yourself into thinking you’re getting your caffeine fix.

    Your sleep schedule will thank you!”

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