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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Wake up! It's time to go to sleep!

Are you like me?


I'm sorry.


All right, let's start again. Are you like me in that you never seem to get enough sleep? OK, now we're getting somewhere.

Well! You're in luck! Modern science has come up with an incredible new way to help revive you when you're feeling sluggish during the day!

Here's the hot new process:

1. Drink a full cup of coffee or soda quickly.

2. Immediately take a nap for no longer than 15 minutes.


That's it! You'll completely feel refreshed. As reported by the slightly over-earnest Achieve-It blog, this new thing is referred to as "The Caffeine Nap", and it's actually backed up by medical research.

Sleep researchers at the Loughborough University in Britain did several tests on fatigued drivers to compare the effects of different methods for a driver can use to stay awake. They put the volunteers in driving simulators while they were sleepy and let them drive. Some of the tests included rolling down windows for cold exposure, blasting the radio and slapping oneself in the face to try to stay awake. But what researchers found worked the best was "The Caffeine Nap"!

Researchers found coffee helps clear your system of adenosine, a chemical which makes you sleepy. So in testing, the combination of a cup of coffee with an immediate nap chaser provided the most alertness for the longest period of time. The recommendation was to nap only 15 minutes, no more or less and you must sleep immediately after the coffee.

See? All this time, we were using caffeine to try to stay awake, and we forgot the most important part: sleep!

Who knew?

2 Comments:

Blogger Jason said...

Who knew? I knew. I've been doing just that on long drives for over a decade.

2/13/2006 11:34 PM

 
Anonymous Lilly said...

Yup. We did that in college at the dining hall. "Quick! Drink your coffee and let's head back to the dorm before the caffeine kicks in."
It only works if you're not so tired that you're wired up and can't nap. Then it's just the power of caffeine..

2/14/2006 4:41 PM

 

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