Coffee is often seen as the enemy of the nap. Common sense would tell us that having a cup of coffee before taking a nap would most definitely prevent that nap from happening, but recent studies show that taking a coffee nap is actually the perfect way to reinvigorate yourself!
What is a Coffee Nap and How Does it Work?
A coffee nap is exactly what it sounds like: You drink a cup of coffee (or whatever your preferred caffeinated beverage may be) and then you take a 20-minute nap. It seems counter-intuitive, but science says otherwise. When you drink a cup of coffee, the caffeine travels to your small intestine and gets absorbed into your bloodstream. This is when you get that energy boost. The caffeine blocks Adenosine, a chemical compound in your brain that causes drowsiness.
They key to taking a coffee nap is to nap while the caffeine takes its time to do its thing, which is about 20 minutes. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and alert! Coffee naps work because it combines the power of rest with the energetic boost of caffeine.
Tips for Taking a Coffee Nap
Plan for it - If you know it’s going to be a tiring day or if you didn’t get enough sleep the night before, block time on your calendar for a coffee nap.
Find a comfortable spot - If you are lucky enough to work from home, your Zonkd mattress is the perfect spot for a coffee nap! If not, you may have to get creative. Is your office chair comfy enough to lean back and take a snooze? Is there a sofa in a quiet spot of your office? Even if you can’t doze off completely, resting your eyes for 20 minutes will do the trick!
Drink your coffee quickly - They key to a successful coffee nap is take advantage of that 20 minute window where the caffeine is traveling through your body, before it gives you that jolt of energy.
Set an alarm - Though you will likely wake up naturally due to the caffeine, set an alarm just in case. If you fall into a deep sleep, it can be more difficult to wake up and you may feel groggy.
Mattresses Made for Coffee Naps
Coffee naps are a great solution for those who crave the caffeine buzz, but also require a few moments of rest. A comfy bed that you look forward to crawling into makes a coffee nap even better! All Zonkd mattresses include an ingenious 3-layer foam system designed for a cool, comfortable sleep. Find the best mattress for your sleep style and you’ll be on your way to better coffee naps!