CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If you’re still dragging after your morning coffee, you might be drinking it wrong. Or at least at the wrong time.
According to Dartmouth neuroscientist Steven L. Miller, you shouldn’t pour your first cup first thing in the morning. The reason why is our brain is already at peak cortisol production when we wake up. Our level of cortisol, often known as the “stress” hormone, is strongly related to our level of alertness, Miller wrote in a blog.
“If you are drinking your morning coffee at 8 a.m. is that really the best time? The circadian rhythm of cortisol production would suggest not,” Miller wrote.