‘Coffee nap’ may be a midday miracle

Posted at 10:07 PM, Aug 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-29 23:12:10-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) — The one two punch of coffee immediately followed by a quick nap may perk you up more than just drinking a cup of java or grabbing a few winks alone.

The combination, known as a “coffee nap” may save you the next time you are feeling overly tired and have 20 minutes to spare.

According to an article published by Vox, so-called coffee naps help perk you up since caffeine takes approximately 20 minutes before drinkers feel the full effects of their cup of joe, as it starts to run through their bloodstreams and into their brains.  As far as the sleep side of things, a power nap will not allow you to reach a deeper stage of sleep, meaning a quick siesta won’t leave you groggy.

Coffee is well known to serve as a stimulant, as Author Stephen Braun explains in Buzz: The Science and Lore of Alcohol and Caffeine, “Caffeine is an impotent impostor: it binds with gusto, but fails to launch the all-important quieting message delivered by andenosine. Drinking caffeine is thus like putting a block of wood under one of the brain’s primary brake pedals.”

The chemical adenosine is a byproduct of brain activity and high enough levels are believed to be what make humans feel tired. According to an article from the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, caffeine “blocks this feeling and keeps us feeling awake.”