Last Updated on February 21, 2023 by Marie Cooper
Caffeine is a stimulant that modifies your brain’s interaction with Adenosine. Instead of giving you energy, coffee loans it to you, and you’ll have to pay back that loan by sleeping. The best time to drink coffee is when most people drink their coffee – in the morning and at noon.
An astounding number of Americans (not just Americans but people all over the world) drink a ton of coffee. A lot of them need a cup to get through a typical workday. It boosts their energy levels, it boosts their efficiency, and boosts their drive, and all these benefits can be attributed to the main ingredient in each of the 2 billion cups of coffee being consumed every day all over the world – caffeine.
Caffeine, the magical stimulant present in every grain of coffee beans, is so powerful it can induce all of these effects in anyone that drinks coffee, but does it really give you more energy, or does it just give you what you already have? In order to find the answer to this question, we have to learn how caffeine works.
How Caffeine Works
Caffeine is a stimulant that modifies your brain’s interaction with Adenosine. There’s a system that is responsible for determining when you sleep and when you wake up in every human body, and the compound, adenosine, is part of that system.
When adenosine binds to its receptors, you begin to feel sleepy because the binding action slows down the cells. Before this binding occurrence, the levels of adenosine in your system rise at first as you engage in various activities during the day. The reverse occurs when the cells slow down to the point where you fall asleep, and that is why you feel energized and refreshed in the morning if you get a good night’s sleep.
So, how do you get more energy? The caffeine in your cup of coffee can also bind to adenosine, just like it can with adenosine receptors, and this is possible because they are similarly shaped, but they act differently. While adenosine signals to your cells to slow down when it binds to its receptors, caffeine doesn’t.
This means caffeine can bind to your cells and steal those spots that adenosine would have taken up, which means more free adenosine in your system while also preventing the slowing down of your cells, keeping you active and alert for much longer than you normally would be.
Why Coffee Doesn’t Give You More Energy
Instead of giving you energy, coffee loans it to you, and you’ll have to pay back that loan by sleeping. Why does it work this way? Remember the free adenosine that the caffeine prevented from binding to their receptors, so you don’t feel sleepy?
They stay in your body waiting for the opportunity to bind to their receptors, and that opportunity presents itself when the caffeine eventually breaks down and detaches from the receptors. So, the adenosine compounds begin to do what they’ve been waiting to do, and then you begin to feel tired and sleepy,
The Best Time to Drink Coffee
The best time is when most people drink their coffee – in the morning and at noon, so you’re probably already doing it right. Always remember that when you drink coffee, there’s a loan to be repaid and it’s paid back by sleeping, so you don’t want to drink it close to bedtime. If you do, it will stop you from sleeping, create more sleep debt, and postpone the repayment of that debt, which will negatively impact your day on the following day.
This Also Applies to Caffeinated Drinks
The keyword here is “caffeine”, so any drink that contains this stimulant will affect your body and loan you energy just like coffee does, so you want to make sure you time your drinking right depending on the amount of caffeine in your drink to prevent it from interfering with your sleep schedule.
How to Get More Energy Without Coffee
Instead of relying on coffee alone, there are other ways to supply your body with more energy, and these ways give you actual energy rather than lend it to you, and you already know what they are, but most people don’t care about these because they prefer to get what they want the easy and lazy way.
- Eat healthy food and eat enough of it
- Exercise regularly
- Sleep well, at least 7 to 9 hours per night
Do all of these regularly and you’ll have much more energy than those who rely on coffee alone, and when you do drink it, you’ll get a much bigger boost than you used to get.