We’re sorry to break it to you coffee aficionados, but you haven't been getting the most out of your java. Here’s when you should be drinking it instead …

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Image: You’ve been drinking coffee at the wrong time of day your whole life, says science

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Apparently, it's not always coffee time …

If you live by the mantra “but first, coffee”, it may be time to re-think your world views.


According to YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE, drinking coffee between 8am and 9am – as most people do – shakes up our body clocks and circadian rhythm, which regulates how sleepy we feel and releases the stress hormone cortisol.


The bad news is that cortisol is automatically released during those peak coffee drinking hours, so sipping on that flat white at 8:30am is, quite frankly, a waste of good cup of joe.


Let us introduce you to your new optimum coffee drinking time: between 9:30am and 11:30am.


Why? Well, you want to be topping up after you’ve reached peak cortisol levels – plus drinking your morning coffee between 8am and 9am will build up your tolerance levels so that beautiful caffeine high will be nothing but a distant memory.


Also, if you wait until the latter end of your new coffee-drinking timescale (we're talking around 11:10am), it means you can have a biscuit with it, too.


We rest our case.