When Should We Pull The Caffeine Lever?

By Lasantha David

There possibly, was a spike in coffee consumption in the country this month thanks to the elections. It does take a lot to stay awake in between results announcements when the boffins at the TV stations here think they can mimic the way CNN, Fox et al cover the US presidential elections. The two main candidates and their support groups must have consumed copious amounts, joined by those who forgot liquor stores would be closed over the two days.

Taking this into consideration, the consumption spike possibly occurred between 9 pm and 7 am. According to the science behind your body + mind being active or shutting down to sleep, that’s the right time for an external dose of caffeine. Your body produces its own version of caffeine: Cortisol – which is a hormone your body periodically secretes during the day.

This release takes place mainly between 8 and 9 am, 12 and 1 pm and finally between 5.30 and 6.30 pm. So if like a post-election politico during the wee hours leading up to the result and your eyes are beginning to get heavy, it’s because your body has ceased Cortisol production. This is when you need to inject your veins with have a cup of coffee to restart the caffeinating process.

Does 1 + 1 = 2? No, it does not. Cortisol and coffee don’t stack. Instead, they just mix and perish without much of an effect because your body builds up a tolerance to caffeine. So there you have it, the auspicious times for brew. Disclaimer: No astrologists were consulted in regards to these timings. If you feel the need to have your life dictated by stars, please contact the nearest astrologer and confirm what time you should take that first sip.

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