Your morning routine goes something like this: wake up, scroll through Instagram, then coffee. But according to a new study published in Frontiers in Psychology, having a cup of joe first thing in the morning may not always be the best plan.
Researchers at Boston College confirmed that the optimal time of day to consume caffeine is actually the moment you most feel the need for it (aka your brain is feeling sluggish) and not necessarily right when you wake up.
Here’s why: More isn’t always better when it comes to caffeine. In fact, if you’re a morning person—or happened to log a solid seven hours of sleep and woke up feeling more energized than usual—a cup of coffee won’t give you an added boost. Instead, it’s way more effective to think strategically and save the caffeine for when you really hit a slump. (Think 3 p.m.)
Sure, that slump might hit first thing in the morning, but if not, save yourself the jitters—and the hefty Starbucks bill.