Short on sleep and need to use caffeine to stay sharp? The cavalry has arrived, in a manner of speaking.
The US Army has developed a web-based “caffeine optimization tool” that tells people who are short on sleep when they should have a hot cup of java to maintain alertness levels. It also tells people the right amount of coffee so they don’t overdo it.
“Our 2B-Alert Web tool allows an individual, in our case our service members, to optimize the beneficial effects of caffeine while minimizing its consumption,” Jaques Reifman, a senior research scientist at the Army Medical Research and Development Command at Ft. Detrick, Maryland, said in a statement.