There’s a lot of information out there about when is the best time to drink, or not drink coffee. We wanted to know more about some of the ways to use coffee to maximize your energy and efficiency levels – and we found some pretty unique ideas.
Ever heard of a caffeine nap? Don’t worry this was fairly new to us too, but researchers suggest that combining caffeine with napping is the best energy booster, compared to either of these on their own.
There was even a study testing 28 men and women who took a caffeine pill or a placebo pill and then had a nap. When the subjects with the caffeine pill woke up, they experienced significantly less sleep inertia (that awful post-nap groggy feeling) than the other group who received the placebo pill.
So how do scientists suggest you take a caffeine nap?Since it takes about 20 minutes for caffeine to reach the brain, you’ll only need to take a 20-minute nap. Drink a small cup of coffee then immediately hit the sheets until your alarm goes off.
Naps definitely aren’t for everyone, especially people with insomnia or other sleep-related issues. Also, these sources recommend not taking a caffeine nap later than mid-day, or it may mess with your sleep cycle.
If you’re curious what others think, check out thekitchn, CNN & bustle! After a good 20 minute nap, research says your efficiency and energy should be notably better. Meanwhile… I love the idea of a caffeine nap, so I think I’ll be giving this one a try! 😉