Learn how to maximize your caffeine kick with the coffee nap, your best way to enjoy coffee in the afternoon.
If you haven't yet tried the coffee nap, it's a great way to maximize your coffee kick and power through an afternoon or evening. The physiological mechanism for drowsiness is the accumulation of a chemical called adenosine in the brain. And one of the ways caffeine perks us up by binding to the same receptors, literally preventing the detection of adenosine and the perception of being tired. In addition to the stimulating effects of caffeine, it literally prevents us from feeling sleepy.
To maximize the effect of caffeine on the brain, try drinking a cup of coffee, and immediately having a 10-15 minute nap. The caffeine in coffee takes between 10 and 20 minutes to take effect, and while you're napping, the brain will naturally reducing any adenosine build up. When you wake, it's literally the perfect time for the caffeine kick to take effect, and for the caffeine to bind to your just-cleared receptors.
We work long hours here in the Beanery, especially during the holidays, and the coffee nap is one of our favorite ways to maximize the fresh coffee kick and to get back to work!