If I asked you what is the the drink commonly used across the world beside water, you would probably say - coffee. And you would be right. Besides a great taste it also has many benefits especially cognitive performance.

Drinking coffee is probably one of the most widespread brain power enhancers. Caffeine travels to the brain and blocks a neurotransmitter called Adenosine. As a result, norepinephrine and dopamine increase, which keep us energized. Coffee beans have a lot of antioxidants, and also contains a lot of magnesium.

Coffee side-effects

You’ve probably seen people who have become addicted to coffee and they might suffer can be insomnia, upset stomach, increased heart rate and blood pressure. That is why caffeine should be used only in certain situations when you actually need a boost. If you treat coffee as a performance enhancer that gives us the right amount of energy you will fine.

The Best Time to Drink Coffee

For the ordinary person, drinking coffee immediately after waking up is the only thing that gets them going. They open their eyes, roll out of the bed and have to crawl to get their dose. But those are first signs of dependence and overdosing. It’s not the ideal time to be consuming caffeine either. Coffee acts as a stimulant for the body that triggers some physiological processes. Our biology is already connected with the planetary movements and circadian rhythms.

Between the hours of 8-9 AM, our cortisol levels are at their peak. Cortisol rises in the morning so triggger increased alertness and focus so we are already fully alert when you wake-up. So, if we simultaneously drink coffee, we’re wasting the potential benefits of caffeine and offsetting the circadian rhythm.

Drink coffee effectively according to the circadian rhythm

The best time to drink coffee is a couple of hours after you wake-up.

Drink Coffee and Sleep

Drinking coffee at the wrong time can also keep you up and prevents you from falling asleep and might be one the reasons that you are waking-up tired. Coffee lasts in our system for around 6-8 hours and that the best time to go to bed is at about 9-11 PM you should probably avoid drinking coffee after 2pm.

The reason some people can drink coffee even just a few hours before going to bed and still fall asleep just fine, is that our metabolism differs between individuals and we have our own unique type

How Much Coffee Should You Drink

Consuming caffeine in small but frequent amounts is more advantageous. The optimal dose for cognitive functioning may be 20-200 mg

Doses of 600 mg are often comparable to the effects of modafinil, which is a top-notch nootropic and cognitive enhancer. It’s a smart drug but there are no reported advantages over large amounts of caffeine.

To avoid any unwanted side-effects, use filtered coffee. Darker roasts have less caffeine in them, due to the roasting process.

Benefits of Coffee

Coffee and addiction

As great as the benefits of caffeine are, we shouldn’t overdose it by any means. Consuming it daily will increase our body’s tolerance to it, which eventually leads to the receptors in our brain to becoming resistant to coffee. After some time, it stops working and we need a lot more to get the same effect.

After a point, people get addicted to coffee. They simply develop a resistance towards caffeine and don’t even feel like they’ve consumed it. To keep themselves awake, they reach out for another cup, crash and burn, and get another one, while getting stuck in the vicious cycle again. To prevent that from happening, you have to habitually cycle off caffeine. Try to give your body a breather and become sensitive again. Consider also swapping out the caffeinated version with decaf. The taste is the same and you can get almost all of the benefits.

What to Combine Coffee With

The effects of caffeine will also depend on what else is in your system at that time. Your metabolic type will already influence your rate of absorption but other nutrients will do so as well.

If you’re a fast oxidizer, then adding sugar will only hasten your downfall. You may get an immediate boost, but that short high will be followed by a steep low. To not crash and burn, you can add fat into the mix. A great option is to have a bulletproof coffee. Adding MCT Oil and clarified butter to you coffeee and then mixing it in a blender has very positive effects. It gives you long-lasting energy, keeps you satiated for hours and tastes incredible.

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