In his book When, author Daniel pink, reveals how the timing of certain activities in your day can make a big difference. One of the best ideas I learned from this book is when is the best time to drink coffee. If you’re more awake, energized, and motivated, you are the less likely to get easily distracted.
Thanks to the availability of programmable coffee makers, many people wake up to their 1st cup of coffee automatically brewed and ready to drink. While this is convenient, it isn’t what’s best for your body. When you wake up in the morning serotonin levels in your brain build for the first 60 to 90 minutes. Drinking caffeine shuts off this natural increase in serotonin levels. Among its many functions, serotonin is the chemical in your brain responsible for making you feel awake.
Instead of drinking a cup of coffee immediately when you get up, wait 60 to 90 minutes. For many people this is about the time you get into the office. I first tried this after a long weekend of not drinking coffee. I was able to stop drinking coffee altogether for about eight weeks. I’ve now added a single cup of coffee in the morning at work to my routine. I no longer have two or three cups in the morning and another in early afternoon.
Why is afternoon a bad time to drink a cup of coffee? For most people, the half-life of caffeine, meaning the time it takes for your body to filter out half of the caffeine you drink, is about six hours. This means your 3 o’clock cup of coffee is still half with you at 9 o’clock as you’re starting to get ready for bed. It’s also one quarter with you at 3 AM when you’re trying to sleep.
Try something different starting next week. Wait till you get into the office to have that first cup of coffee. Hopefully you will notice that you don’t actually need as much coffee as you typically drink. Your sleep, blood pressure, and ability to focus will likely all improve.