How Much Coffee You Should Drink Based on Your Lifestyle

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By: Meredith Witthar | Segun Oduolowu Posted: 10:14 AM, Aug 9, 2018 Updated: 9:57 AM, Oct 9, 2018

We love our caffeine, but we need to be optimizing those magical beans. And while it’s the best part of waking up, new research shows that we might be better off waiting for our first cup of Joe. Senior Research Scientist Doctor Jaques Reifman has been developing an algorithm for the military to figure out how much caffeine you should be consuming – and when to drink it to obtain peak performance. So he’s breaking down the best time to get that jolt based on your lifestyle.

 

1. The All Nighter

 

First up is The All Nighter. Jaques says if you tend to stay up all night long studying or catching up on work, and want to be at peak performance between 9am and 5 pm, the best dose is three cups of coffee at 8am, and one cup at 10am. You’ll want 300 milligrams or three cups of coffee at 8 am, and then 100 milligrams or 1 cup at 1pm.

 

2. The Day Shift

 

Next on our list in The Day Shift. If you only sleep five hours a night, and want to be at peak performance between 9am and 5pm, you’ll want 300 milligrams or three cups of coffee at 8 am – and 100 milligrams or 1 cup at 1 pm.

 

3. The Night Shift

 

The last lifestyle on our list The Night Shift. Jaques says you can drink about half the amount of caffeine as the other lifestyle types, and still be productive and alert. If you’re looking to peak between 4pm and midnight, you only need 1 cup of coffee at 3 pm, and another one at 9 p-m.

 

If you’re wondering how much coffee to drink based on your lifestyle, now you know!

 

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