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Coffee Study Shows Coffee Keeps Soldiers Awake

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So we can lean a couple ways on this, yea? 1. Here is yet another study that cost a bunch only to learn that coffee helps you stay awake.. And 2. If their “mission” is via “touch screen” then it may be a relevant case study ( OOOps- yea if they are mostly drone drivers via remote control these days) which means those kid soldiers are switching from the “Orange Crush first person shooter with hints of soft porn video games” to now doing the “sitting in a shipping container in the desert droning down desert dwellers with hoods and beards”

Thing is, just like you get at the local red roof seedy motel> a coffee flavored, overly sugared water drink…you’d think that our Generals would feed our soldiers some one ounce thick as mud Cuban espresso shots and get on with it.

“The U.S. Army and the Department of Defense have developed an algorithm to answer that age old question:If you need to wake up, caffeine can help. But for the optimal jolt, how much and when?  It’s of critical interest because soldiers may go for days without getting enough sleep or, in some cases, any sleep at all.

A perfectly timed and ideal portion of caffeine can fend off fatigue that might otherwise jeopardize a mission or put lives at risk.

“This deals directly with soldier readiness,” said Jaques Reifman, a senior research scientist at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command in Ft. Detrick, Md., who helped develop the algorithm .

The research improves upon existing one-size-fits-all military guidelines. About 40% of soldiers sleep no more than five hours a night—substantially less than the seven-plus hours recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .

Those who don’t get enough rest are advised by the guidelines to consume 200 milligrams of caffeine when they wake up and another 200 milligrams four hours later. Soldiers who work nights are told to consume 200 milligrams at the beginning of the shift. And those who expect to go without sleep for several days are instructed to consume 200 milligrams at midnight, 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.

An 8-ounce cup of weak coffee has about 100 milligrams of caffeine. A strong cup has about 175 milligrams.Applying the algorithm to the scenarios described in the military guidelines would offer two potential improvements. “We can use the same amount of caffeine and improve alertness, or we can reduce the amount of caffeine and choose the same alertness obtained with the current dose,” Dr. Reifman said.

Dosing strategies generated via algorithm will vary depending on the circumstances.An otherwise well-rested soldier who gets five hours of sleep one night could achieve a level of alertness resembling eight hours of sleep by consuming more coffee.”

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