6 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Coffee Without Getting Drunk
I work a 9–5 job as a marketing executive. My position requires a high degree of creativity and concentration. Back in the days, my energy ran off rapidly leaving me feeling lazy and unfocused at work very often. I was frustrated and wished that there could be some type of energy boost to help me lift up my mood and my productivity.
So I tried coffee for the first time and it was awful. My heart rate bumped up, my body was trembling constantly, and I talked in a rather shaky voice. At the end of the day, I felt dizzy, nauseous, and head-aching. It totally ruined my whole day. I was out of hope that coffee could ever work to my advantage.
In one fateful day, a graphic designer in my office was making some damn good coffee. Somehow, the smell of coffee woke me up. Out of excitement, I gave her a creepy smile and asked if I could take some sips. Being freaked out, she half-heartedly agreed. After taking a few sips, I felt extremely energetic and motivated. It was a mind-blowing experience. I never imagined coffee can be this amazing.
From that day, I worked my best to find out the best strategy for drinking coffee through many trials and errors. I’ve finally come up with the perfect formula for myself, and I’m so excited to share with you guys now.
1. Assess your condition before drinking coffee
If you have a headache, stomachache, dizziness or any sickness of sorts, don’t expect coffee to magically heal you. It might even make it worse for you.
In case of a headache, if you must drink coffee anyway then make sure you take a pain reliever combined with coffee to speed up the absorption of the medication. This way you can heal your headache faster while staying productive at the same time.
Another time when you should not drink coffee is when you are already full of energy. This might sound odd to you but it’s true. Being naturally energetic is the best state of mind already, there is no need to add any external stimulus at this state (I’ll explain the reason why later).
So what’s the perfect condition to be able to drink your coffee?
It’s when you are perfectly healthy but you just feel tired, lazy, sleepy and unfocused. That’s the perfect time to take coffee.
2. Know your timing
Timing is crucial when it comes to drinking coffee the right way. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fit-all formula for the perfect timing. You have to go through many trials and errors to find out the timing that works for yourself.
However, there are still fundamental rules that you can stick to. Our bodies all follow a 24-hour hormonal cycle. The hormone I’m talking about here is cortisol — a steroid hormone that makes you feel alert and awake. The peak production of this hormone is around 8–9 A.M, 12–1 P.M, and 5:30–6:30 P.M.
Now that you’ve got all the information, what’s to do with it? The trick is to avoid taking coffee during the peak production of this hormone. Because the consumption of coffee during this period will build faster tolerance to caffeine, hence greatly diminishes the buzz you get. That’s why I told you not to take coffee while you’re already energetic.
Personally, I only drink at 10:00 A.M in the morning after taking breakfast at 9:00 A.M and allow it to be fully digested. For the afternoon, I drink at 1:30 P.M after waking up at 1:00 P.M from a nap.
3. Drink with strategy
If you just grab a cup of coffee and drink aimlessly, there will be a guaranteed failure waiting ahead. This is the moment when you should be strategic. For beginners, please start with just one cup for the whole day.
It’s up to your preference whether to choose iced coffee or hot coffee. What matters the most is how you drink it. For someone who is sensitive to coffee, quickly finishing the whole cup is like asking for “the kick” to hit your system at once.
The secret here is not to reach the bottom of the glass before coming back from work. Take one or two small sips whenever you feel sleepy. Repeat until the end of your working hours. If you have not finished the coffee yet, just keep it for tomorrow or throw it away. Never drink when you don’t need to. This simple strategy will keep you alert for the whole day.
How much should you drink each time to get that periodic buzz?
You’ll have to find out for yourself but there is one tip to ease the process. This is where hot coffee comes to your advantage. Obviously, iced coffee is going to melt in no time throughout the day, which dilutes the coffee with water. The amount of caffeine intake per sip will diminish overtime. You’ll have to constantly think of how much you should drink for the next sip. On the hands, the amount of caffeine per sip of hot coffee is more consistent which takes the guesswork out hence reducing the risk of getting drunk for you.
4. Keep yourself hydrated
Caffeinated drinks may cause a mild diuretic effect creating the need to urinate. This can lead to minor dehydration which affects your mood and the ability to concentrate. In the worst case, it might cause headache which kind of defeating the purpose. So make sure to have a glass of water next to you. Each time you take a sip of coffee, drink water immediately after that.
5. Exercise immediately after you finish your work
Since the energy intakes from caffeine could be abundant you’ll need to exercise hard in order to shrug it off. Hit the gym, go jogging, do cardio or whatever could help you sweat. Work extra hard until you feel tired. Doing all these things will get you into sleep faster at night.
6. Meditate into sleep
In addition to exercise, you should meditate to guarantee a deep sleep at night. Meditation is considered the best remedy to fight insomnia. It’s also a great way to help you get more deep sleep because it helps clear your mind out of stress and negative thoughts.
If you’re a beginner to meditation, you can try guided meditation exercises provided Insight Timer — a meditation application available on iOS and Android. Just download the application to your mobile, access the ‘Sleep’ category. You’ll then be bombarded by countless sleep meditation exercises to get you the best sleep ever.
It’s all out energy management. You take energy in and you work hard to be able to use it all. The goal is to get rid of any excessive energy intake. You should be effective at managing your energy so that you can be productive at work and restful at night.
In the end, coffee is not that healthy especially when taken excessively. You don’t want to be dependent on anything. It should not be your fuel for everyday life. However, there are times when your choices are limited but keep in mind that coffee should be your last resort.