SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) - Is coffee the first thing you think of as soon as you wake up?
A new study suggests that having coffee first thing in the morning is not the best time to be getting your caffeine fix.
According to researchers, the best time for your morning dose of caffeine is an hour after you wake up.
Why? Researchers say this is the time your body's production of cortisol is at one of its three daily peaks.
Researchers say you can think of cortisol as nature's built-in alarm system. It's your body's main stress hormone and works with certain parts of your brain to control your mood. Your body produces more cortisol when under stress to increase alertness.
Health officials say consuming caffeine while your body is already at peak cortisol-production teaches your body to produce less. So, while undermining the effect of the caffeine, it also works against cortisol's alertness effect.
Sometimes, it may contribute to developing a tolerance for coffee.
So, researchers say try to wait an hour after you wake up for that first cup.
Researchers also add that if you have more than a cup a day, try to have your other doses at other peak cortisol production times -- between noon and 1 p.m. and between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
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