What’s the best time to drink coffee to get caffeine?

The best time to consume coffee is 45-60 minutes before starting a task, which demands focus or energy.

Caffeine isn’t absorbed instantly. It needs at least 45 minutes to increase energy levels and alertness. Absorption rates of caffeine are the same for women and men.

Moreover, caffeine effects last about 3-5 hours.[1]

Keep in mind, that food delays caffeine absorption. So, if you have a big meal, caffeine won’t be as effective.

Furthermore, smoking significantly decreases absorption rates of caffeine. Caffeine effects last approximately for 2 hours. Hence, heavy smokers require higher doses of caffeine in order to increase their energy levels.

In contrast, alcohol delays caffeine absorption.

What’s the best time to drink coffee for a lactating mother?

Lactating mothers shouldn’t consume any coffee when the infant is younger than 6 months.

Caffeine may reduce production of breast milk, and decrease its iron concentrations, causing infant anemia!

Moreover, infants are very sensitive to caffeine. They lack the enzymes that metabolize it. Thus, caffeine can stay in their body for days! Caffeine may cause adverse effects to infants, such as fussiness, jitteriness, and poor sleep patterns.

But, infants older than 9 months can metabolize caffeine at the same rate as adults. Hence, lactating mother could consume some coffee. The best time to drink coffee is right after breastfeeding. In the next few hours, most caffeine will have been metabolized.

In any case, pregnant and lactating women shouldn’t exceed the maximum safe dose of caffeine.

Above all, you should consult your physician before consuming coffee or other foods with caffeine, such as tea and chocolate.

What’s the worst time of the day to consume caffeine?

Certainly, the worst time of the day to drink a cup of coffee is late at night or before bedtime. Caffeine significantly affects sleep quality and sleep duration. A poor night’s sleep has a detrimental effect on mental and physical health.[2,3]

For instance, lack of adequate sleep may cause elevated cortisol, increased blood sugar, increased blood pressure, and cravings for sugar. Hence, not enough sleep may lead to obesity.

Additionally, poor or inadequate sleep increases the risk of hypertension, diabetes, stroke, depression, and many more!