Is that Morning Cup of Coffee Helping (or hurting) Your Productivity?

People swear they can’t wake up without their morning cup of coffee.

But, whether or not you want to believe it, this sunrise ritual can actually hinder productivity. If you don’t leave the house or engage in conversation until you’ve had your caffeine fix, you probably find the fact that it’s anything less than a miracle worker hard to believe — but it’s time to learn the truth.

According to the YouTube channel, ASAP Science, the body produces high levels of cortisol — the hormone that regulates your energy levels — during the early morning hours. Too much caffeine in your system during this time of the day inhibits cortisol production and increases your tolerance to caffeine.

There’s no need to completely eliminate caffeine from your diet.

Instead, simply time your coffee breaks so you’re drinking it during the right parts of the day. The study revealed the best times to consume caffeine are between 10 a.m. and noon and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., allowing you both a late-morning and an afternoon window to enjoy your coffee, without sabotaging your productivity levels.

Jumpstart Your Day Without Caffeine

Adjusting to starting your morning without caffeine might be a challenge at first, but remember, the struggle is probably more of a psychological need than a physical one. Give yourself a natural burst of energy by hitting the gym first thing in the morning, eating a balanced breakfast and getting enough sleep to wake up feeling well-rested.

Changing a long-time habit is always a challenge, but your efforts will be rewarded with a heightened level of productivity that allows you to get so much more from your day. Plus, waiting until a little later in the morning to get your caffeine jolt is a great excuse to pull yourself away from work for a few minutes to enjoy a well-deserved break. Before long, you’ll wonder why you ever needed to start your day off with caffeine in the first place.

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