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It's a morning routine we all know and love.  Wake up, gulp down coffee and get on with the day.  However, we may be doing this all wrong. Research can now tell us what time is the best time to down our favorite caffeinated beverage. To get the maximum benefit from your cup of joe, it turns out timing may be everything.

Experts tell smithsonian.com that there is an optimal time to drink your coffee -- between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning.  Why? This is the period when the cortisol levels in your body start to fall.  Cortisol is related to stress and alertness.  So experts believe coffee will have its biggest benefit in this window, when your cortisol levels are dropping, and when your body really needs it.  When cortisol is high, you are naturally more alert.  The more alert you are, the less effective coffee can be on your boy.

The National Health Service in the United Kingdom says the perfect time to drink caffeine is 2:16 p.m.  That time is based on a survey of when workers feel most tired.

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