The perfect time to drink coffee is...

What do you do when you wake up in the morning? While everyone’s morning routine differs, many have one thing in common – it involves a cup of coffee.

Whether it’s waking up, making breakfast and your usual cup of instant, catching up with a friend for a cappuccino or buying a takeaway latte while you’re out, many of us look forward to a caffiene hit to start our day. However, many news sites have been reporting that there is a peak coffee drinking time: and surprisingly it’s not first thing in the morning.

According to a study, drinking coffee between 8-9am may actually not be giving you the proper caffeine hit you so desire. It all comes down to a little hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone released in humans which makes us feel alert and awake.

The peak production of cortisol occurs between 8-9am – which means by the time most of us are ready for our first coffee of the day, our bodies are already naturally caffeinating! By consuming caffeine when it is not needed, many people build a faster tolerance to it, meaning the alert buzz you get after drinking caffeinated products will diminish at a faster level.

With most people having a peak cortisol level between 8-9am, an ideal time to drink your first cup of coffee would be between 9:30-11:30am, as it takes advantage of a dip in your cortisol levels. Other peak times for your body to naturally produce higher cortisol levels is between 12pm-1pm and 5:30-6:30pm. So if you like an afternoon cup of coffee, anytime between 1:30 – 5:00pm is the recommended time to get that caffeine hit!

While many of us love coffee for that much needed energy boost, new studies have shown that coffee and caffeine can have another benefit - it's now said coffee can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Research shows that caffeine blocks inflammation, with coffee having a positive effect on inflammation in the brain. It was found adults over the age of 65 who had higher levels of caffeine in their blood, were found to avoid or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Recently, researchers presenting at the Alzheimer’s Europe Congress went as far as to say that lifelong moderate coffee consumption can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s significantly - by up to 20% in some cases.

So next time you're making a cuppa remember that you may just be benefiting your health also!