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The Power Nap VS The Coffee Nap - What Is The Difference?

April 24, 2019


What's the difference between a power- and a coffee nap?

Ah, the nap - such a wonderful thing, is it not? As adults, there are many of us who wish we could claim all those untaken naps from our toddlerhood, now that we no longer have the luxury of taking a little snooze in the middle of the day and now that we know that naps can lessen our risk of heart disease, improve mental performance and boost memory.

If you’ve been considering the inclusion of a nap in your daily schedule, you might be happy to learn that there are a few kinds you can choose from. Today we’ll introduce you to the power nap and the coffee nap, by explaining the differences between the two, and the benefits of each.

The Power Nap

A power nap is a socially acceptable form of the classic catnap. It's under 20 minutes in length, which means the brain doesn't have time to go through all the sleep phases and has the benefit of ensuring that the nap-taker does not awaken groggy without the dreaded daytime 'sleep hangover'. A power nap is often taken at work in a desk chair, but some people may also seek out an office couch or even retire to the backseat of their car over lunch.

The Coffee Nap

A coffee nap is, in essence, a variation on the power nap but includes the well-timed addition of a potent dose of caffeine. Sleep researchers at the Loughborough University used driving simulators to compare the effectiveness of different means of keeping sleepy drivers alert. This is when they happened upon the idea of the coffee nap. It works like this - you drink a cup of coffee and immediately have a 15-minute nap. This gives your brain time to rest, with an added kick of caffeine as soon as you wake up (the coffee will have been metabolised by then). You’re likely to feel refreshed and more alert upon waking, but caffeine won’t stick around in your system forever, so it’s best to expect another slump if you were heavily fatigued, to begin with.

So, there you have it - a concise explanation of the power nap VS the coffee nap. The best way to figure out which one works best for you is to take both for a spin (so to speak) and compare the results. Keep an eye on the blog in the coming weeks and months as we share more expert insight into the science of sleep and how you can ensure that you get the restorative rest your body needs to function optimally throughout the day. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to a member of the Bed King team for more info on our wide range of tailormade sleeping surfaces, so you can pave the way for sound sleep whenever you put brow to pillow.


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