While many people enjoy coffee for its taste, most of us actually need it in the morning to get us started. However, it’s pretty difficult to know how much you should drink to achieve your peak performance. Therefore, a team of American researchers have decided to give you a helping hand. They have created a caffeine algorithm that can calculate the exact amount of the substance you need to drink to perform well. Also, it should also tell you when it’s the perfect moment to consume it.
You need an exact amount of caffeine to be alert
Coffee is the most socially acceptable drug, but it remains a drug. Since it’s a stimulant, people consume it for a good cognitive performance during the day and to combat the effects of sleep loss. However, researchers reveal this process is not that simple. You need an exact amount of caffeine for it to work and to be perfectly safe.
Therefore, Dr. Jacques Reifman and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine have started looking for ways to get the best caffeine-drinking experience. For this, they built an algorithm that identifies the ideal amount of caffeine one needs to become alert. At the beginning, they had a participant perform a psychomotor vigilance test (PVT).
The caffeine algorithm improves your performance instantly
During the test, they used math to predict the performance of the participants according to sleep loss and the amount of caffeine he had consumed. These observations allowed them to build the caffeine algorithm that improved performance. More precisely, the algorithm identifies the ideal quantity of caffeine necessary to reduce the effects of sleep loss.
This algorithm can have many applications. By consuming the exact amount of caffeine it indicates, researchers found we could improve our performance by 64 percent. Also, by consuming coffee at the right moment, you can increase your alertness without drinking more than usual. These findings are great, since they promote a safe use of caffeine and promise the best results in return.
Researchers will be presenting their findings during this year’s meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS).
Image source: Public Domain Pictures