Experts Say You Can Perk Up With A “Coffee Nap”

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Ever heard of a coffee nap? On the surface, the idea doesn’t make much sense. Coffee is a stimulant that will perk you up and keep you awake; napping will restore your energy and leave you refreshed. But why combine the two things, when just one would suffice?

As it turns out, the “coffee nap” is a super effective way to get energized and become as productive as possible. Here’s how it works. You drink a cup of coffee, then take a quick 20 or a 30-minute nap. By the time you wake up, the caffeine has kicked in and you’re ready to go.

Coffee naps can be particularly helpful in combating drowsy driving — a driver who is falling asleep at the wheel could pull over somewhere safe, grab a cup of coffee, then take a quick snooze in their car before getting back on the road. Coffee naps could also help night shift workers who are struggling to stay awake at work.

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“Researchers at Loughborough University in the UK found that when tired participants took a 15-minute coffee nap, they went on to commit fewer errors in a driving simulator than when they were given only coffee, or only took a nap (or were given a decaf placebo),” Vox reports. “This was true even if they had trouble falling asleep, and just laid in bed half-asleep during the 15 minutes.”

Another study found that “caffeine naps” were “the most effective for subjective sleepiness and performance level” compared to napping then being exposed to a bright light, and napping then washing your face.

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Obviously, you may not always be in a place where you can take a nap — not every office building has nap pods like Google and Zappos do, and sometimes it won’t be safe for a driver to pull over and sleep. But next time you have the ability to do so, test out a coffee nap and see how you feel. It might just be a game-changer.

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