Mommynoire’s Coffee Break: Beyonce Baby #2?

August 28, 2014  |  

How appropriate is this coffee-related item for the Coffee Break? A report updated today by Vox.com suggests that what’s more effective than drinking coffee or taking a nap is something dubbed coffee naps, which implies drinking coffee and taking a short, 20-minute nap right after. The reason for this? Well, it’s simple: according to scientific studies, sleeping naturally clears adenosine from the brain. So, the way it works is, once absorbed, coffee travels through the small intestine, through the bloodstream and up to the brain, the latter where it fits into receptors that are normally filled by the above-mentioned adenosine. Adenosine is a by-product of brain activity, and when it accumulates at high levels, it plugs into these receptors and makes you feel tired. But, when the caffeine blocks the receptors, it keeps you from feeling tired. Are you following? Here’s where sleep comes in. Sleeping naturally clears adenosine from the brain, so, if you nap for about 20 minutes, you’ll reduce the levels of adenosine just in time for the caffeine to kick in. The caffeine will have less adenosine to compete with therefore it will be even more effective in making you alert. Wheuf! If you give this a shot, do let us know how this works out for you all (and what your preferred choice of nap location is) below.

 

 

 

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