An oxymoron? No, as often in life, timing is all that counts.
Coffee and stress
For many people, the morning coffee is essential. But, in the morning the natural production of cortisol is at its peak. Cortisol is also known as “stress hormone” and is especially released in the early morning hours. It supports waking up and our performance. Unfortunately, coffee in the morning boosts the cortisol release. But, this not increases your performance but your stress level and all its negative consequences. Furthermore, our sleeping process becomes disturbed.
You don’t want to give up your cup of coffee? Here are good news: from 09:30 a.m. on the cortisol level decreases. The perfect time for your coffee, cappuccino or latte macchiato.
Coffee and sleep need
During daytime, the level of the neurotransmitter adenosine rises in our brain. This process leads to the natural sleep need, increasing towards evening. When we lack adenosine, our sleep need as well as our sleeping quality are diminished. During sleep, our body breaks down adenosine.
Coffee inhibits adenosine production. So, to be able to fall asleep relaxed in the evening your espresso after lunch should be the last coffee of the day. Better bridge an eventual “early-afternoon-energy-slump” with inhaling fresh air at on open window and doing some stretching exercises.
How important is a regular bedtime?
How restorative one’s sleep actually is often depends on its quality. A regular sleep-wake cycle is essential for good sleep quality. However, our everyday life dictates our daily routine and therefore also our sleeping and wake-up times. Working hours, social obligations, family and leisure activities – all these factors influence how regularly we go to […]
What helps against snoring?
Snoring is caused by a constriction of the upper airways. Obstructive sleep apnea can be life threatening. The concept of inclined sleeping is considered an effective treatment method. By definition, snoring is a loud breathing noise that occurs in the upper airways during sleep. Snoring per se is not considered a disease, but a […]
Back ergonomics in children: how heavy may a child’s schoolbag be?
After the summer holidays, school starts again in September. With the beginning of school, all first graders also get to choose their first schoolbag. But sometimes even the youngest children already carry heavy loads on their backs, with serious consequences for children’s sensitive backs! The bags are often filled with books that are not necessary […]
Sleeping in: Great potential for diabetics
Lack of sleep can promote metabolic disorders Sufficient sleep reduces the risk of insulin resistance Researchers advise: Good sleep hygiene to control metabolic diseases Sacrificing as little as 30 minutes of sleep per day may have a long-term negative effect on metabolism and autoimmune diseases such as diabetes. Scientists see this knowledge as a great […]