Whether caffeine serves any purpose other than removing withdrawal symptoms is a topic of study with conflicting results, but if you’re an optimist as well as a fan of caffeine in any of it’s many forms you’re most likely consuming it sub-optimally.
Why not improve your caffeine knowledge and learning about the optimal way of consuming the world’s most-used stimulant; caffeine:
- Consume in small, frequent amounts: Between 20–200mg per hour may be an optimal dose for cognitive function.
- Play to your cognitive strengths: Caffeine may increase the speed with which you work, may decrease attentional lapses, and may even benefit recall – but is less likely to benefit more complex cognitive functions, and may even hurt others. Plan accordingly.
- Play to caffeine’s strengths: Caffeine’s effects can be maximized or minimized depending on what else is in your system at the time.
- Know when to stop – and when to start again: Although you may not grow strongly tolerant to caffeine, you can become dependent on it and suffer withdrawal symptoms. Balance these concerns with the cognitive and health benefits associated with caffeine consumption – and appropriately timed resumption.
So that’s one cup of regular coffee â€” with sugar and/or soy milk â€” every hour when performing relatively simple cognitive tasks.