Two weeks ago I started a new job. It's awesome in every relevant way. However, the big difference is that I work more days per week than before albeit for shorter shifts. This means it generally works out best to train after work. Previously, I'd train on my days off right after breakfast - no matter how much sleep I'd had, I almost never felt the need for any pre-workout.
Now, I've noticed that while I'm physically fine after work I'm mentally nowhere near as fresh and focused as I'm used to being. I'm making mistakes like misloading the bar or not being focused enough to set up properly. If I use a pre-workout, I'm focused just fine.
My main concern is, which is a better option:
keep avoiding pre-trainer use to see if I adjust, which will mean a period of frustratingly sub-par sessions; or
use pre-workout and figure out the minimal effective dose.
I know this is a tough question as there is no one size fits all answer, but any help would be appreciated.