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simplyeric comments on Coffee: When it helps, when it hurts - Less Wrong

44 Post author: JustinShovelain 10 March 2010 06:14AM

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Comment author: simplyeric 10 March 2010 10:36:40PM 3 points [-]

There are conflicting issues though. There are studies (that I read years ago, and have no link to) that show that consistency is better... that consistent low-level caffeine drinkers are more alert than their non-caffeine colleagues, but less jittery than high-caffeine people (optimum seemed to be 2-3 cups per day).
Associated with that would be method of consumption: concentrated does (espresso) v. sipping american coffee over an afternoon. Using is in a "targeted" manner might fail you: If you are not particularly used to the effects and suddenly drink coffee for short term memory reasons, you might not get the desired result because you'd be too "hepped-up" (to use the technical term...ha!).
If you ARE used to drinking coffee, and suddenly avoid it for long term learning reasons, you might be either sleepy or hit withdrawal.

Comment author: Dapple 11 March 2010 09:41:54PM 1 point [-]

The sensitivity to irregular caffeine users is just due to lack of tolerance. It can still be avoided by just reducing the dosage compared to regular caffeine users.