Most people have heard that coffee is good for you in moderation. We’ve all heard that napping is also good for you in moderation. Combining these two components seems to be counterproductive. We generally want coffee to wake us up and a nap to help us when we need to power down for a short time.
However, studies have shown that if you want to improve the quality of your nap, you should drink coffee before you nap. Research states that coffee before napping will enhance your productivity after napping because the caffeine does not kick in for about 20-30 minutes, which is the perfect amount of nap time to help you get through the day. To successfully execute a coffee nap, one has to drink the coffee fast before napping. You then have time to nap while the caffeine enters the brain.
While it may seem practical to get a quick snooze during the day, be careful that you don’t sleep past 30 minutes. This would throw off your sleep schedule, and upset your day rather than enhance productivity. Another problem arises if you have insomnia. You should not add coffee naps to your daily agenda if you struggle to sleep at night already. Lastly, if you cannot handle caffeine (i.e. it raises your blood pressure, causes anxiety, or gives you the jitters), you should steer clear of “coffee naps.”
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