It can be hard to stay away from the coffee machine during a long work day. But according to this infographic from Make Use Of, there’s a science to getting the most out of your java consumption.

  • The best time to drink your coffee is in between the peak cortisol times when your body naturally reinvigorates itself. Cortisol reaches daily highs in the early morning, midday, and evening, so you can maintain an all-day buzz by drinking your coffee between 9:30-11:00am and 1:30-5:00pm. Another way to prolong the effects of caffeine is by eating a grapefruit, sugar, and small amount of healthy fat. This handy trick slows the absorption of caffeine into the bloodstream.
  • Understanding the miracle of caffeine means accepting the fact that, while it is a potent stimulant, coffee doesn’t actually function as a creativity booster. Drink coffee to help you get through repetitive tasks like data entry, rather than ones involving creative prowess. (Alcohol has proven to be helpful in having “eureka moments.”)
  • Caffeine highs vary from person to person, taking an average of 15-45 minutes to reach peak levels in the bloodstream. The two biggest factors in how much of a boost you’ll experience come from hormones and external stimuli. For example, caffeine will last longer in your system if you rarely consume caffeine and/or are a woman on birth control. It will leave your system faster if you smoke and/or regularly consume high levels of caffeine.
  • For long-term coffee drinkers, withdrawal symptoms can be pretty significant. To ward off the headache, drink lots of water, eat peppermint candies, and consume gingseng in tea or a pill form as an energy replacement.
  • It’s more effective to drink small, frequent doses of coffee than chug it.

Check out the full infographic below.


[via Design Taxi, Life Hacker]