15 Minute Coffee Nap to Unlock More Energy
What is better than coffee or a nap? Coffee AND a nap together. If you are like most, you may be confused because we are told caffeine interferes with sleep. You would be right; however, there are a few things about caffeine and sleep you may not be familiar with.
Why Are We Tired
- We feel tired because the molecule adenosine fills brain receptors.
- Caffeine will fill those receptors so adenosine can’t.
- Caffeine must enter the small intestines, then the blood stream before it reaches the brain. Approximately 20 minutes until you feel the effects.
- If you feel tired after a nap that means you are sleeping too long, entering a deeper sleep state and you are suffering from sleep inertia, also known as feeling groggy.
How To Coffee Nap
- Drink a cup of iced coffee or espresso quickly
- Set a timer and only sleep about 15-20 mins.
Note: An energy drink or hot coffee may take too long to drink. Energy drinks have other ingredients that may interfere with this process. Iced coffee or espresso is ideal.
I suggest making yourself less comfortable so you do not fall into a deeper sleep unintentionally. Sleep on top of the covers and on your back if possible. I prefer to nap on a couch on my back with the alarm on my chest or stomach.
Why This Works
It’s simple, the caffeine will take approximately 20 minutes or more to reach your brain. Therefore, allowing you to sleep immediately after consumption. Sleep naturally reduces adenosine in the brain which results in caffeine easily overtaking the adenosine. 20 minutes or less of sleep will not allow your brain to enter a deep sleep state which means no sleep inertia. Many studies have proven this to be effective by asking subjects questions and measuring reaction times while operating a motor vehicle.
By coffee napping, you can take back several hours of your day and have more awake and energized evenings.
Also published on Medium.