(WXYZ) – Many us not only love our cup of joe, but need it to get through our busy day.
In fact, a 2013 survey found roughly 62 percent of adults drink coffee regularly. I’m not sure who came up the idea to pair a nap with coffee, but that’s exactly what a coffee nap is.
You drink a cup and then you lay down and take a nap.
It sounds counterintuitive, but it takes roughly 30 minutes for the caffeine to reach peak levels. This allows time to lie down, sleep and then wake up feeling energized.
A couple of studies back this up.
In 2003, a small study of 10 adults found coffee naps were more effective than a nap alone.
A 1997 study found coffee naps helped participants with performance when it came to a simulated driving test.
And a 2006 SLEEP study found it very effective for night shift workers improving their productivity and alertness.
1. Research suggests you need 200 to 250 mg of caffeine. Do not replace coffee with sugary caffeinated drinks like sodas.
2. If you don’t like coffee, you can try green tea or chai tea. They can give similar benefits.
3. Don’t take a coffee nap too late in the afternoon. Otherwise, it can affect your nighttime sleep.
4. Coffee naps are not for people who are caffeine sensitive that suffer from jitters, an upset stomach or a racing heart.
You should avoid caffeine at least six hours before bedtime, but I wouldn’t recommend drinking caffeine past 3 p.m.
You don’t want to mess with your sleep, as lack of it is linked to heart disease, stroke and obesity risks.
You need seven to nine hours of sleep. If you’re not getting it, take a close look at your caffeine intake and how it might be keeping you up at night.
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