If your morning routine starts with a cup of coffee, chances are you’re doing it wrong.
There’s actually an optimal time to start sipping, and it tends to be after you get into the office, at around 10 a.m. In the early morning, our bodies produce high levels of cortisol — the stress hormone that helps us become more alert in the first place. Filling the body with caffeine signals the body to make less cortisol, which means the body will start relying on coffee, rather than its natural functions, to wake up.
You could also improve your coffee drinking habits by becoming familiar with how much caffeine is in your cup. The average grande at Starbucks will serve more jitters than the average medium at Dunkin’, for example. Getting a grip on this info can help ensure you’re not over (or under) caffeinated.
It’s time you become an expert coffee drinker. To perfect your coffee drinking routine, and to learn why you should be taking a nap-a-latte, check out the infographic from Art of Wellbeing below. Cheers!