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There's now a scientific algorithm for maximizing your caffeine consumption

Looking to improve alertness by 64 percent?

I know, that sounds like the 'hook line' in a bad infomercial.

We're talking science here, though!

"Caffeine is the most widely consumed stimulant to counter the effects of sleep loss on neurobehavioral performance. However, to be safe and most effective, it must be consumed at the right time and in the right amount." That's how a writeup of a new American Academy of Sleep Medicine study published on Monday begins.

An algorithm has been developed, but right now it's being tested by the US military. Yup... Apparently the guys responsible for keeping the world safe want to learn how to make the most of their coffee breaks too! Sadly, it is unclear when the details behind this science will be available to us civilians.

The study's author does offer this teaser, though:

"We found that by using our algorithm, which determines when and how much caffeine a subject should consume, we can improve alertness by up to 64 percent, while consuming the same total amount of caffeine," said principal investigator and senior author Jaques Reifman, PhD. "Alternatively, a subject can reduce caffeine consumption by up to 65 percent and still achieve equivalent improvements in alertness."