Do You Need a Caffeine-Enhanced Nap?

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Fatigue during the day can be a distraction that not only disrupts your train of thought but can also dramatically reduce your productivity. It has been proven that a 10 to 15 minute power nap is just what a person needs to get back on track. While some prefer the nap, others tend to boost their energy with a large late morning cup of coffee hoping that caffeine will provide what they need.

Either Or?

Drinking a cup of coffee is a great way to get a boost, but too much caffeine can also cause you to be jittery and hypersensitive. A quick power nap is just what the brain needs to become revitalized and focused. The choice you make will be based on several things. If time is of the essence, you may not be able to squeeze in a short nap. If you are on the road or working in an office, there may not be room for you to get comfortable for a nap. The choice is essentially up to you.

Why Not Both?

Some researchers recommend a combination of both if at all possible. Caffeine, like any other drug, takes time to work within the system. This process can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on if you have eaten. If you have the time, the room and the inclination, drink a cup of caffeinated coffee and then get comfortable for a short, power nap. When you wake up after 15 minutes, or so, the caffeine will be in full effect and you will have a jumpstart on the rest of your day.

A caffeine-induced nap can result in higher levels of productivity and will keep you going for several hours. Another benefit is that drinking coffee before a nap will prevent you from sleeping too long. As a diuretic, the need to use the restroom will act as an effective alarm.


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