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LAST_UPDATEThu, 14 Dec 2017 8am

‘Coffee Naps’ Might Just Be The Best Way To Get An Energy Kick

Many of us drink coffee as part of our daily routines but fail to really feel any benefits of doing so.

Where once we might have had a slight buzz, these days we still feel dead inside even after a double espresso.

But that be because we’re expecting too much, too soon.

The caffeine in coffee actually takes about half an hour to kick in – by which time, we’ve probably forgotten that we’d even had a cup.

Which is why it’s now thought that taking a ‘coffee nap’ might just be the most effective way of feeling the benefits of java.

Power naps have already been proven to be effective in improving alertness and performance, but take one for 30 minutes after having a cup of coffee and you’ll wake up just as the caffeine starts to work.

The result? Feeling refreshed and stimulated like never before.

It’s not actually a new finding; previously, researchers examined 12 sleepy adults. Some were allowed to nap for 30 minutes after taking a placebo, and others were given 200mg of caffeine (twice the amount found in an average cup of coffee) before both being given a simulated driving test to complete.

They found that the tiredness of those who had taken the caffeine was reduced by 34%, while the placebo group’s level only fell by 9%.

So if you’re struggling to concentrate, think about taking a coffee nap.

But obviously, there is a caveat.

Coffee napping might be excellent for the lucky few who work from home and can afford a cheeky half hour snooze mid-morning – or for those times when you need a pick-me-up before a long night, but doing it too late might actually effect our actual sleep.

Most sleep experts recommend quitting the caffeine at least six hours before you plan to hit hte hay. And some, like nutritionalist Lily Soutter claim that we should have our last cup as early as 11am.

So ideally, get those coffee naps in as early as possible. Or just get someone to bring you a cup in bed before you’ve even gotten up.


-metro.co.uk