Coffee Nap: How To Do It Right?

Coffee naps are trending in the past years. While the idea of combining coffee and an afternoon nap sounds ridiculous, it is actually quite the contrary.

By doing it properly, you can massively benefit from this unexpected combo.

But you need to do it right.

What Exactly Is Coffee Nap?

Coffee nap means nothing else than combining a short 10-20 minute afternoon nap with a cup of coffee that you drink before your nap.

By carefully planning and executing it, you will get the combined benefits of a short nap and caffeine.

10-20 minutes long power nap is long enough to restore your energy and quickly boost your overall cognition and attention. It will make you feel completely energized.

Coffee, as you know, is the most widely used stimulant that can boost your energy levels and improve your mood.

Now combine both benefits, and you will feel amazing!

How Does It Work?

Caffeine naps are effective and work in most times if you follow the rules.

Even if taking a nap with coffee doesn’t make any sense, the effects are extraordinary.

The reason for that is the fact that caffeine needs about 15 minutes to reach your bloodstream after you drink a cup of coffee.

Even though most people (wrongly) believe that as soon as they drink a cup of coffee, they feel more energized, that’s not the case.

Anyhow, imagine waking up after a short afternoon nap just at the moment when the caffeine hits your bloodstream and boosts your energy.

Yes, you basically get a double energy boost that instantly makes you feel outstanding. If you, on the other hand, miss this short window, then you won’t experience so many positive benefits.

So how to do it right?

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How To Take A Caffeine Power Nap

Taking a caffeine nap is pretty much the same as taking a usual power nap. I have outlined the whole process for you in a different blog post that you can check out here >> 

Here is a short summary of the process:

  1. Find a comfortable place for a quick nap (the place needs to be quiet and dark; if you cannot find such a place, use a sleep mask and noise-canceling headphones)
  2. Make a short cup of coffee, preferably an espresso (for optimal caffeine nap, you need to drink a short cup of coffee a minute before taking a nap; if the coffee is too long like an Americano, you will spend too much time drinking it)
  3. Set your timer/use Pzizz app (set your timer for 10-20 minutes)
  4. Take your nap
  5. Wake up full of energy (most people jump out of bed after a caffeine nap; I still recommend taking a minute or two to fully wake up before you jump out)

That’s the whole process for an optimal caffeine nap. Trust me, it’s even easier than it sounds.

However, don’t forget the most important rules:

  1. Always drink a short cup of coffee
  2. Don’t nap longer than 20 minutes
  3. Prepare everything for a perfect nap before you drink coffee

If you follow the rules, you are all set.

Now, I guess some of you are wondering if a caffeine nap is so effective because of a placebo effect, or is there some sound science behind it?

Coffee Nap And Science

The science about napping is evident and quite advanced. The same is right for science about caffeine.

But what happens when you combine the two?

Well, by napping, your body automatically clears away the adenosine receptors, which are responsible for daily drowsiness and brain fog.

Coffee also binds to the exact same receptors. [1]

By combining the two, you get a very efficient system that is much stronger than taking just a nap or drinking a cup of coffee. [2]

However, don’t forget the basic rules that I mentioned before. Without following them, you can’t expect the same benefits.


We recommend taking a coffee nap at least a couple of times a week. Afternoon naps are biologically wired into our system, that’s why we naturally get tired after a launch. By combining them with a powerful stimulant such as caffeine, we get the best of both worlds. And this means lots of energy, focus, and willpower.

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Grega Gostincar, MSc, is the founder of Your Inception. He has been researching, testing, and experimenting with nootropics since 2015. Greg, a certified expert in nutrition and brain biohacking from Emory University, is one of the most recognized researchers in the field of nootropics.

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