Sleep or Caffeine—Which One is the Favored Fuel of New Attorneys?

Would you have guessed that lawyers rank second on a list of most sleep-deprived professions? The  ABA Journal notes that attorneys are second only to home health workers as the occupation where members receive the least sleep.  The Journal, quoting a New York Times report, lists sleep deprivation by occupation as follows:

1) Home health aides: 6 hours and 57 minutes.

2) Lawyers: 7 hours.

3) Police officers: 7 hours, one minute.

4) Physicians and paramedics: 7 hours, 2 minutes.

5) Finally, a tie among economists, social workers and computer programmers: 7 hours, 3 minutes.

As a member of a sleep-deprived profession, there's an app for that.  Penn State researchers have developed an app to help you keep stable amounts of caffeine in your blood so you won't have those energy highs and lows.  Med City News reports that the creators designed the app to help you maintain optimal performance and keep you perfectly energized.  How does this app work? It analyzes the amount of coffee you've had so far, then the app uses that information to recommend the best time for you to consume your next dose of caffeine.

Highlight Health 2.0 explains the app:

The researchers used peer-reviewed studies as input data to determine that caffeine drinkers with between 200 and 400 milligrams of caffeine in their bloodstream are in an optimal mental alertness zone. For sleep, the researchers set a lower threshold of 100 milligrams. Drinkers may have sleep problems if they remain above this.
The app can help people determine when to modify their caffeine habits, so that they might choose to drink a decaffeinated beverage, or mix a blend of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees.

Then all you will need is an app for your favorite local coffee house where you can submit your order so your next energy-boosting latte will be waiting for you at the precise moment when your next caffeine dose is required!

Sources:

ABA Journal

Highlight Health 2.0

Med City News