Delay Your Caffeine Intake (just a little)

 

💡Today’s Tip: Delay your caffeine intake (just a bit)

Here’s why: Upon waking our bodies produce a natural stimulant, cortisol, that gives us the jolt we need to wake up. This is known as the cortisol awakening response. If you are consuming caffeine first thing in morning it is not giving you an additional energy boost. In fact, research shows that it is just increasing your tolerance for caffeine and causing you to drink more throughout the day to stay alert. This can lead to disruption of circadian rhythms, poor sleep, and other negative impacts on your health.

Here’s How: Wait at least 1 hour and ideally 2 hours after waking up before reaching for your morning cup of Joe. Timing of your caffeine intake will depend on what time you wake up. For the average person this will be between 9:30am-11:30am, and for the early risers this will be sometime between 8:00am and 10:00am. When you make this change there may be a period of time where you body has to adjust to the new schedule. The grogginess should subside with consistency. If you find that it is impossible for you wake up in the morning without that immediate caffeine consumption, that is likely a sign that some more in-depth work needs to be done to regulate your sleep-wake cycles and hormone production.

Give it the 24 hour challenge and see how easy today’s tip is to implement in your daily routine. If you successfully experiment with your caffeine intake over the next 24 hours, then try to do it successfully for a full week. Then just keep it going.

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