Wednesday, October 3, 2007

How to Take a Caffeine Nap

Scientists say that a successful midday nap depends on two things: timing and (no kidding) caffeine consumption. Experiments performed at Loughborough University in the UK showed that the sleep-deprived need only a cup of coffee and 15 minutes of shut-eye to feel amazingly refreshed.

Step 1. Come to Rockhoppers. This is an important step, however you might have to substitute some other, less comfortable, place. Like your home.

Step 2. Have a double espresso. The caffeine has to travel through your gastro-intestinal tract, giving you time to nap before it kicks in.

Step 3. Lie back in one of our comfortable chairs. Close your eyes and relax. Even if you only doze, you’ll get what’s known as effective microsleep, or momentary lapses of wakefulness.

Step 4. Limit your nap to 15 minutes. A half hour can lead to sleep inertia, or the spinning down of the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which handles functions like judgment. This gray matter can take 30 minutes to reboot.

Step 5. All done! The caffeine hits, and you're ready to conquer the world once again.

No need to thank us, this is just another important public service from us here at Rockhoppers Coffeehouse.


Nap time on Whidbey Island.

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