Tips for optimal caffeine intake


Here are some tips for optimal caffeine intake according to :

  1. Delay Caffeine Intake: Delay taking caffeine for 90-120 minutes after waking up. This helps in preventing the afternoon crash and extending alertness throughout the day without needing additional caffeine later on 1.

  2. Limit Late Afternoon Intake: Avoid consuming more than 100 mg of caffeine after 4 pm to prevent sleep disruptions. Ideally, aim to stop caffeine intake around 2-3 pm 1.

  3. Caffeine and Exercise: If you exercise in the morning and prefer caffeine beforehand, consume it just prior to the workout. However, be prepared for a significant energy dip in the early afternoon 2.

  4. Managing Caffeine Dosage: Base your caffeine dosage on your body weight, aiming for about 1-3 mg of caffeine per kilogram of body weight. Adjust the dose according to how regularly you consume caffeine, and start on the lower end if you're not a regular user 3.

    Optimal Caffeine Intake

    Andrew shares insights on the optimal caffeine intake for wakefulness and avoiding the afternoon crash. Delaying caffeine intake for 90-120 minutes after waking up can prevent the crash and avoid disrupting sleep. Late afternoon caffeine intake can disrupt sleep architecture, and limiting caffeine intake to 100mg after 4pm is recommended. However, if caffeine is necessary before a morning workout, it is advised to drink it before exercising.

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  5. Hydration and Sodium: To counteract the diuretic effect of caffeine, which can cause dehydration and sodium loss, accompany your caffeine intake with adequate hydration. Adding a small amount of salt to your water can help manage jitters and prevent the crash often attributed to low blood sugar 4.

  6. Performance Enhancement: For enhanced physical performance, particularly, avoid caffeine for a few days before an event where peak performance is required. This can make the effects of caffeine more pronounced when you reintroduce it 4.

These recommendations are based on the insights provided by in the . Always consider individual tolerance and consult with a healthcare provider if unsure about the best practices for caffeine intake.