While many people can't imagine starting their day without a cup of coffee, Dr. Karan Raj suggests that it might not be the best idea. According to the doctor, who has gained popularity on TikTok for his health advice, your body naturally wakes you up with a spike in cortisol levels.
Drinking coffee during this time could actually be counterproductive.
Dr. Karan Raj appeared on BBC's Morning Live in 2021 to discuss the topic. He advised against using coffee as a morning pick-me-up, suggesting that it's better to save your caffeine fix for later in the day when your cortisol levels dip.
"Don't drink coffee first thing in the morning to wake you up," he said, explaining that you'll get a more effective caffeine boost in mid-morning when your energy levels naturally dip.
Other Morning Mistakes
In a TikTok video, Dr. Karan Raj also pointed out other common morning habits that could negatively impact your energy levels. Hitting the snooze button, for instance, can trick your body into entering another sleep cycle, releasing hormones that induce more sleep and leaving you feeling tired for another four hours.
Checking your phone immediately upon waking can also disrupt your brain's natural alertness progression, putting you on edge.
The doctor's advice has sparked debates online, with some people keen to try his suggestions and others firmly sticking to their morning routines.
Comments ranged from "those extra five snoozes are the best part of the morning" to "people are not safe around me until I've had my morning coffee."