For the last few weeks I've been skimming the front page of Fast Company, curious to learn of business trends and news. Their articles are often short and to the point, and provide me with a springboard for ideas.
A recent article was about coffee, and the time of day with which to consume a cup. Most of us coffee drinkers wake up and go straight for our caffeinated jolt.
But this science-backed article states that for the first few hours of the day, our cortisol levels are at their peak, so we really don't need coffee then (cortisol's a hormone that makes us feel more alert). Better to wait until we've been up for a few hours to enjoy our brew. (And keep in mind, this this is if you're using coffee to at all keep you pepped and going, not necessarily if you solely drink coffee for the taste.)
As a person who loves coffee for its flavor and clarity of mind, I've decided to give this experiment a try for one week.
My usual work week routine is to wake up anywhere from 6am to 7am and have breakfast and coffee first thing. On the days I'm running around and don't get to coffee right away, I worry that I'll be too groggy all day.
But so far with this simple experiment I've found that it's just not so. Sure, for the first few hours I don't feel super sharp, like I do with coffee, but I still feel good (and, of course, that depends a lot on getting enough sleep at night). When I wait until later in the morning for coffee, I've been just fine. It's not like I fall asleep standing up.
Will I continue this pattern after the week is up? I'm not sure. To be honest, part of why I like to drink coffee at home in the morning is so that I can brush my teeth afterwards. (Anyone else feel this way?) I suppose I could bring my coffee, toothbrush, and toothpaste along with me to work each day, but I'm just not sure if it's worth the hassle. Besides, there's just something about sipping a cup of coffee at home in the early mornings while reading or writing. It's my routine, my comfort.
We'll see. It's good to shake things up now and then.