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Study helps sleepyheads time their morning coffee

Alarm clock with cup of coffee

U.S. Army researchers have developed algorithms to predict alertness based on sleep time and caffeine consumption. These algorithms “ … allow us to determine, at the individual level, when and how much the individual should take caffeine to achieve peak performance at the desired time, for the desired duration,” said author Jaques Reifman, director of the U.S. Department of Defense Biotechnology High Performance Computing Software Applications Institute.

This technology is the platform for the 2B‐Alert app. Researchers hope that in addition to the military, the study can be used to benefit shift workers and others who are sleep-deprived.

Lauren Bankert, On 3 Public Relations

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