Tired? Try a "Nappuccino"

Having survived med school, internship, and residency, you probably consider yourself somewhat of an expert in the art of taking naps. Now continuing research is leading to nap-taking advice that sounds counter-intuitive, but apparently works.

In short: If you're feeling drowsy and decide you need a nap, drink a cup of coffee first. The so-called "coffee nap," "caffeine nap," or "nappuccino" works because the caffeine's stimulant effect doesn't kick in immediately. So if you drink the coffee when you're exhausted enough for a nap, you'll still be able to fall asleep. But about twenty minutes later the caffeine will take effect and help you wake up feeling clear-headed.

The combination of sleep and caffeine is doubly efficient at ridding the brain of drowsiness-inducing adenosine molecules. It's kind of like adding a doubleshot of espresso to your coffee bar drink. . . but one of the shots is sleep!

 

 

 

Having survived med school, internship, and residency, you probably consider yourself somewhat of an expert in the art of taking naps. Now continuing research is leading to nap-taking advice that sounds counter-intuitive, but apparently works.

In short: If you're feeling drowsy and decide you need a nap, drink a cup of coffee first. The so-called "coffee nap," "caffeine nap," or "nappuccino" works because the caffeine's stimulant effect doesn't kick in immediately. So if you drink the coffee when you're exhausted enough for a nap, you'll still be able to fall asleep. But about twenty minutes later the caffeine will take effect and help you wake up feeling clear-headed.

The combination of sleep and caffeine is doubly efficient at ridding the brain of drowsiness-inducing adenosine molecules. It's kind of like adding a doubleshot of espresso to your coffee bar drink. . . but one of the shots is sleep!