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How Not to Become Totally Caffeine-Resistant

How Not to Become Totally Caffeine-Resistant

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    How do you know when it’s time for you to eat, wake up or go to bed? Every one of us has a system in place that regulates this called the circadian clock.

    It’s basically a hormonal cycle that releases the appropriate chemicals in your body to help you realize you should do a certain things.

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    One of these hormones is cortisol. You may have heard about it as the hormone that is released at times of stress. It’s also meant as a trigger to make us alert and awake.

    On average, for most people, the cortisol production peaks between 8am and 9am. That means that the body produces the most cortisol between these hours.

    What does that have to do with drinking coffee? Well, if you really want to get the most out of your cup of caffeinated brew, you should time the drinking to happen AFTER, not during your peak cortisol production.

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    Why? This is because of the law of the diminishing results. When you produce cortisol, you are naturally “caffeinating” yourself.

    If you add the substance from the coffee, you won’t get an additional boost. Instead the coffee’s boost will be “overriden” by the cortisol one.

    If you keep on doing this, you will quickly build up tolerance to caffeine and you will actually end up lessening your kick from coffee even more.

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    The best time in the day to drink coffee occurs when your cortisol levels start to drop, which for most people is between 9:30am and 11:30am.

    Other cortisol peaks typically occur between 12pm and 1pm, and again between 5:30am and 6:30am, and they are always followed by a sudden drop of alertness.

    So whether you are a gourmet coffee lover or just an instant coffee user, have this is mind next time your prepare your cup of caffeinated goodness.

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    The Best Time to Drink Coffee According to Science | Ryoko

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    Last Updated on March 24, 2021

    8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

    8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

    We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

    On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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    Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

    1. Smart Door Locks

    A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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    2. Smart Kitchen Tools

    Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

    3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

    If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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    4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

    These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

    5. Nest Thermostat

    This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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    6. Smart Lighting

    Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

    7. Google Chromecast Ultra

    Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

    8. Canary

    This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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