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The Key to a Great Nap Is . . . Drinking Coffee Right Before?

 
Posted September 3rd, 2014 @ 5:44am

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Coffee and naps are supposed to be bitter enemies . . . totally incompatible forces that can never coexist.  OR SO YOU THOUGHT.

 

Studies out of both Japan and England just found that the key to a great nap is . . . drinking COFFEE right before you lie down.

 

Researchers found that if you drink a cup of coffee, then take a 20-minute nap, you'll sleep better AND you'll be more alert when you wake up.  In other words, coffee plus a nap is more effective than JUST coffee or JUST a nap.

 

Here's why:  When you're tired, it's because of a molecule called adenosine.  Sleeping and caffeine both clear out adenosine, but it takes them both a little time to get rid of it.

 

So if you nap during that time, you're doing double duty on clearing it out . . . which will help you wake up VERY refreshed.

 

But it only works if you stick to a 20-minute nap.  If you sleep longer, you'll go into the deeper stages of sleep, which will counteract all the positives. 

 

 

(Vox)

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