Goodbye, coffee? Service members might soon be fueled by a jolt to the brain | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Goodbye, coffee? Service members might soon be fueled by a jolt to the brain

Joe, mud, java. There are many names for the steamy brown sludge we robotically pour into mugs adorned with clever caffeine-centric quotes. But now, thanks to a study performed by the Air Force Research Lab, coffee will perhaps someday be replaced ... with a jolt to the brain.

Forty active-duty military personnel from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base participated in the study, one funded by NASA, in an attempt to analyze the efficacy of Transcutaneous Cervical Vagus Nerve Stimulation in treating migraines and the impacts of sleeplessness.

“One possible way to enhance alertness could be by (non invasively) stimulating an area of the brain called the locus coeruleus,” the study said.

To do so, the study looked at how a noninvasive electrical neuromodulation device, which has also been used to treat drug-resistant epilepsy and depression, could influence the military’s exhaustion-fueled abuse of energy drinks and coffee.

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