Scientists Now Recommend “Coffee Naps” To Maximize Energy Throughout the Day

New studies show that drinking coffee and then taking a quick nap, or a “coffee nap,” actually works to energize your brain.

Contrary to the popular belief, there is a way to mix coffee and napping without disrupting your sleep cycle. Here’s how it works.

Caffeine takes a little while to hit your brain after you drink it. You start by drinking a cup of coffee quickly and then you try to take a short 20-minute nap. In 20 minutes, you don’t fall fully asleep, but you prime your brain for a coffee buzz.

That buzz feeling comes when caffeine fills your adenosine receptors; adenosine is a chemical byproduct of brain activity. To get it to work, your receptors have to be free of adenosine first, hence the nap. Clearing your mind for a 20-minute nap clears your receptors of adenosine and leaves them open for caffeine. By the end of your nap, your mind is clear, hopefully buzzed, and energized.

A UK study found that participants who coffee napped made fewer errors in a simulated driving test scenario while a Japanese study found that subjects on average scored higher on tests.

The next time you feel fatigued, down a cup of coffee, nap to clear your mind, and thank science for such a wonderful discovery.

Source: Elite Daily

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