Could a ‘Coffee Nap’ Enhance Our Performance at Work?

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Two of our favourite pastimes combined.

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If you’re anything like us, sometimes you just don’t get enough shut-eye to be an optimal, functioning human. We don’t blame you, with Netflix binges, an addictive read or just the usual social media scroll comprising the very late-night activities that have us yawning our way to the office. If sleep debt is a common (unwanted) acquaintance that follows you to work, new research about a more effective way to nap could be your perfect antidote. The key? Combining the powers of a strong coffee with a nap.

According to lifestyle and sleep scientist Dr Chin Moi Chow of the University of Sydney, research has shown that caffeine followed quickly by a nap, for a duration of 10-15 minutes, allowed participants to feel more energised compared to using just one of the two. Through driving simulations and questionnaires, the findings also showed increased alertness and a high-performance range.

We know what you’re next question may be: how do you fall asleep when caffeine keeps you alert? According to Dr Chow, the full effects of coffee don’t appear till 20-30 minutes post drinking, so if you get some deep zzzs immediately after your final sip, you should be able to slip into a good slumber. The key time? Just prior to your post-lunch coma. You get the pillows and we’ll grab the coffee.

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Nicole Webb

Staff Writer Collective Hub

Nicole is a Sydney based writer, who’s previously written for Harper’s Bazaar and Elle Australia. She has mused about everything from the world of haute couture, the Sydney music scene and newly founded start-ups.

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