You can add coffee naps to the growing list of health benefits attributed to coffee. Yes, you heard right! The unlikely pairing of sleep and caffeine can help alleviate that afternoon slump and increase energy and productivity.
Backed by several scientific studies, people who consume up to 200 mg of caffeine (two cups of coffee) just prior to a 20-30 minute nap are found to wake up feeling more refreshed and energized than those who just napped or only had caffeine.
A Whole New Meaning to Power Nap
Power naps have been shown to improve creative problem solving and logical reasoning, as well as combat sleep deficits and contribute to weight management.
The science behind the coffee nap phenomenon is linked to the drowsiness-causing chemical, adenosine. Combining sleep with caffeine effectively blocks the brain’s receptors of this chemical. Since it takes about 20 minutes for the body to react to caffeine, a short nap immediately following a coffee break allows just enough time for the energy boost to kick in.