Indeed you are! Improved reasoning, greater attention to detail and a heightened sense of perception are all direct benefits of caffeine intake. A study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine suggests that fewer errors were made by those who used caffeine than those who took naps to recharge during the day. The study, however, also suggested that there was no increase in verbal functioning, so if you’re counting on your coffee alone to help you through your afternoon presentation, it’s probably best if you practice beforehand.
To answer this question, we’ve got to have a brief lesson on the hormone, cortisol. Cortisol is released in response to low blood sugar and helps the body manage stress. Your cortisol levels rise first thing in the morning and help use sugar and fat in your body for energy – it’s your body’s natural way of waking up. Caffeine actually lowers the amount of cortisol produced by your body, so if you’re flooding your system first thing in the morning with caffeine, you’re actually shooting yourself in the foot by not letting your body wake up naturally. This can then lead to an increase in your caffeine tolerance making your body even more reliant on caffeine to compensate. So with that in mind, the best time for your cup of coffee is going to be any time outside of the windows where your cortisol levels are spiked. Your best bet will be between 10 A.M. – 12 P.M. and 2 P.M. – 5 P.M.
Some people say that the physical act of simply drinking coffee at work calms them down. If that’s you, then keep on keeping on. However, the physical effects of caffeine have been shown to elevate blood pressure and heart rate in response to stress during normal workday activities. After months or years of that type of fluctuation and coronary impact, there is an increased risk of heart disease for adults. So maybe if the day has you stressed out, just skip your afternoon cup and try to relax another way.
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