Getting out of the bed in the morning is one of the most stressful things your body goes through during the day. Your body feels like it didn’t have a healthy period of sleep that ended naturally, i.e. you woke up without the alarm, on your own, when your body instinctively realized you had enough sleep. This often leads to us having difficulties to go through the day without some kind of break, nap or just a closed-eye session. This is where coffee naps come into play. They’re not anything new, they’ve been around. BEHAF, your favorite health news and health resources website, decided to break it down and see what’s behind it.
Caffeinated napping can make you feel alert and can enhance your performance. How? Drinking coffee before your nap gives you an extra boost when you wake up and finish your nap. What is the evidence that backs up the amazing power of coffee naps?
Studies, Research, Facts
To prove that coffee naps are not a millennial thing or something new age parents introduced a couple of years ago, we turned to a study carried out in 1997. The study is titled Suppression of sleepiness in drivers: Combination of caffeine with a short nap. Basically, sleep deprived people were given coffee right before their nap. After the nap, the group was checked with a series of alertness tests. The combination of coffee and the nap increased their performance as opposed to being stimulated by only caffeine.
How Does a Coffee Nap Work?
Caffeine is not absorbed instantly from your stomach. It first moves to the small intestine where the absorption starts. This process is estimated to last 45 minutes in average. This means that if you drink your coffee before your nap, you have more than enough time to rest your body, sleep and wake up just in time when caffeine starts kicking in. But you mustn’t wait too long. If you miss the window, and the caffeine starts affecting your entire body, you won’t be able to nap properly nor the desired effects of alertness after the nap won’t be present.
Also, you have to take into account the amount of coffee you ingested throughout the day.
What does this mean? You have to experiment. Nobody can really know how exactly your body reacts to certain amounts of caffeine. If you want to experience the amazing benefits of coffee naps, you have to do it right. You might not nail it the first time, so don’t give up. Take into consideration the amount of caffeine you consumed that day, the amount of caffeine you’re going to drink before the nap, how quickly you react to caffeine and of course the timing and the length of your nap.