Coffee Nap

Exploring Coffee Naps: Boost Your Energy

May 07, 2024

Biohackers rejoice—it’s time to talk about coffee naps, the ultimate hack for those who love wellness optimization. Finding ways to maximize energy and productivity is more important than ever, so grab a cup of joe, find a comfy spot, and discover how a coffee nap can rejuvenate you.


What is a Coffee Nap?

A coffee nap is the practice of drinking a cup of coffee before taking a 15-20 minute nap. The idea is that the caffeine from the coffee will kick in just as you’re wrapping up your nap, effectively giving you a double boost of energy upon waking up. A coffee nap functions as nitro fuel for a busy day.


Sleep Study: The Science Behind Coffee Naps

Caffeine is a stimulant that blocks the action of a sleep chemical called adenosine. Adenosine induces feelings of drowsiness. When you sleep or nap, your brain clears out some of the adenosine sludge. The reason the coffee nap works so well is because the nap clears the adenosine in your brain, giving the caffeine more room to play. The wakefulness effect of the caffeine is increased since there’s less counterbalances to compete with. 


Coffee Makes Me Tired: Why Does Caffeine Make Me Tired?

Coffee, or caffeine of any kind, can create a vicious cycle of dependence because of adenosine suppression. It’s important to note that caffeine blocks the effects of adenosine, it doesn’t clear it from your brain. Hence, when the blissful high of the caffeine wears off, the adenosine crash—otherwise known as the caffeine crash—can be absolutely brutal. Especially if your sleep habits are a mess and you have a lifetime supply of adenosine in your system.


The Art of Timing Your Coffee Nap

One of the keys to life is timing. It’s also the most important factor of a successful coffee nap. Not only in picking your nap time, but downing your coffee and getting to sleep quick enough to miss the caffeine onset. No pressure.


Here’s how to do it:


  • Choose the right time: Most people have a post-lunch dip in energy, around 1-3PM. Find the sweet spot that works for you.
  • Drink your coffee fast: Down your coffee quickly, whether it’s a shot of espresso or a fancy latte. You’ll want it down the hatch in under 10 minutes, to maximize the amount of time your body has to metabolize the caffeine. 
  • Set a timer: Limit your nap to 15-20 minutes to avoid entering deep sleep. 



Tips for a Perfect Coffee Nap


  • Find a quiet place: Hunt down a little nook where you won’t be disturbed by the living.
  • Make sure it’s dark: Use a sleep mask or bury your face in something dark. Blocking out light will help you fall asleep faster.
  • Stay warm: Keep a blanket handy, as your body temperature drops when you sleep.
  • Relax your mind: Use relaxation techniques like deep breathing to fall asleep quickly.



Bottom Line: Get Wired, Then Tired

Coffee naps are the secret weapon for those looking for a double shot of energy and productivity. Follow our tips, understand the science, and master these unique energy-boosting benefits. Now, go forth and conquer that to-do list… right after your nap.