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Why you shouldn’t drink coffee when you first wake up, according to a doctor

The first thing many of us do when we wake up is stick the kettle on and make ourselves a nice cup of coffee to help wake us up.

However, a doctor warned that you shouldn’t do this.

Dr Karan Raj regularly posts health tips to his popular @dr.karanr TikTok page. He encouraged people to quit drinking caffeine for their morning coffee.

Instead, he suggested that you save your coffee for later in the morning.

Speaking to host Gethin Jones, Dr Karan said: “Don’t drink coffee first thing in the morning to wake you up.”

Bored business man working on laptop looking tired with a coffee
Many of use grab a coffee to help wake us up in the morning

Explaining the science behind it, he added: “Your body naturally wakes you up with cortisol, you get a cortisol spike in the morning.

“So save your coffee until slightly later mid-morning when your cortisol dips and your energy dips – you’ll get a caffeine boost then.”

The tip comes after Dr Karan previously shared a TikTok video in which he shared the advice alongside two other common early morning habits that might be negatively impacting your energy levels.

In the clip, he said: “There are three things you should avoid every morning.

Dr Karan gives sleep tips on TikTok
Dr Karan Raj regularly shares health tips on his popular TikTok account

“You press the snooze button. This convinces your body that you are entering another sleep cycle, causing you to release hormones that induce more sleep.

“Then when you do get out of bed, your body is full of sleep chemicals that keeps you tired for another four hours.”

He then mentioned another habit many are guilty of – getting out your phone as soon as you’re awake.

“Checking your phone as soon as you wake up,” he said.

“When you wake up in the morning, your brain gradually increases your alertness – going from delta to theta to alpha brain wave.

“Looking at your phone skips the theta and alpha brain wave, putting you on edge.”

This advice caused some debate in the comments section. Some people were keen to make their mornings more easy, while others didn’t want to change their routines.

One person wrote: “But but but Doc… those extra five snoozes are the best part of the morning.”

While another joked: “People are not safe around me until I’ve had my morning coffee.”

A third told him: “Cheers, Doc. Amazing info as always.”

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Why you shouldn't drink coffee when you first wake up, according to a doctor
Anurag Reddy
I'm a 29-year-old travel enthusiast, travel and nature photographer, Computer Science graduate, and Mass Communication student. I have seen different shades of life through traveling and lived different lives through reading. With every word I write, I travel within, and I understand myself better. Writing helps me discover myself, and that paved roads for me to choose writing as a profession.


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