Relying on caffeine is not always helpful

Relying on caffeine is not always helpful

According to a new study, relying on caffeine to help you through your day can only get you so far.

Caffeine may help you stay awake to attend to a task, but it doesn't help to prevent procedural errors that can cause, for example, medical mistakes and car accidents.

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The study investigated the effect of caffeine on the completion of simple tasks as well as place-keeping tasks - tasks that need to be completed in a specific order without skipping or repeating steps.

The study looked at the effect of caffeine after a period of sleep deprivation.

  • They found sleep deprivation affected both types of tasks and that caffeine helped people achieve simple tasks.
  • But caffeine had little effect on the performance of place-keeping tasks.

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