Have you noticed that coffee becomes more of an addiction than a morning necessity? I used to wake up feeling groggy then would be full of energy after my first cup. Recently, I’ve noticed that even after drinking a few cups, I’m still ready for a nap! I know this is very common. So, I’ve put together a list of hacks and tips to boost your productivity instead of just feeding your coffee addiction.
#1 Wait to Caffeinate
When you wake up, your body releases high amounts of the “stress hormone”, or cortisol. High cortisol levels can affect the rate your body takes caffeine. Use all manual brewing tools to make yourself busy about 30 minutes before the first cup of coffee you take in the morning!
# 2 Have Another Cup Before It’s Too Late
I don’t mean drink another cup before it’s too late in the day. But I mean, don’t wait until you’re ready to fall asleep to drink another cup. Caffeine doesn’t necessarily give you an energy boost. Instead, it prevents the buildup of adenosine molecules in the body. That tells your brain to slow down while you begin to feel sluggish. So get in another cup just before you reach that point.
# 3 Quick Nap
If you couldn’t get to that second cup in time, have no fear. It will most likely be inevitable at this point, so just go ahead and take a little power nap! Once you wake up, the caffeine from your first cup should have absorbed into the bloodstream and you should be recharged and ready to go!
# 4 Afternoon Tea or Espresso
Once it’s later in the afternoon and you still need caffeine, grab some espresso or green tea. They have lower doses of caffeine in them. Just enough to keep your energy level consistent without the fear of being up all night with a caffeine buzz!
# 5 Time Your Last Drink
Caffeine has a half-life of about 5 to 6 hours, meaning if you drink coffee at 4pm, only half of it will have come out of your system by 9 or 10pm. You’ll most likely be too wired to go to bed. You should come up with a “last call for caffeine” time if you begin to have trouble sleeping.
# 6 Blend It With Butter
When you put fat like butter in your coffee, instead of cream and sugar, it breaks up micelles. That helps the body to use fat for energy. Fat provides more stability than sugar when it comes to energy.
# 7 Socialize Over Coffee
Being a coffee drinker in an office setting leads to social interaction, which in turn increases productivity. Coffee drinkers at work tend to be happier in the workplace which makes it a lot easier to get everything done!
I hope you like what I’ve found about coffee and productivity. If you have anything to add or any questions, feel free to leave a comment! Please share with your family and friends so they can try these out as well!
This months Coffee Culture Blog was written by Guest Blogger Sarah R Price.
About the author
Sarah R Price is the owner editor of HouseOfArabica.com, a coffee blog focused on creating and promoting high end content about coffee.