Coffee is truly the solution to most of life's problems. It keeps us awake when we're starting to get drowsy, it's a delicious way to complement any meal, and it keeps us from fighting our coworkers in the morning!
Coffee's utility as a productivity tool has been known for some time, but did you know that there are good and bad times to drink it in order to make the most of this beneficial bean?
The Bad Times
Don't worry, it isn't as if there are universal time zones in which you should be drinking your cup of joe! It actually depends more on your own day-to-day activities.
A study found that drinking coffee first thing in the morning is actually one of the worst times of day to have it, but it's also the time that we crave it the most.
Other bad times include your approximate lunch time, and just before dinner.
As it turns out, it has to do with your body's chemistry and hormone levels.
Cortisol is what doctors call the "stress" hormone, and it peaks three times a day. Since you are way more alert when it is at its highest (think how fast your heart races when you are really stressed) your best bet is to drink it right after these peaks happen.
The Good Times
The three peaks happen in the hour right after waking up in the morning, and then every five hours until the late afternoon, when it drops to its lowest.
So if you really want to maximize your productivity and stay healthy, try waiting until you leave your house to go to work, just after lunch, and then any time after dinner!