What's a 'Nappuccino'? This Napping Method Might Recover Hours of Sleep

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A nappuccino is exactly what I need in my life right now.

What Is A 'Nappuccino'?

The other day, I researched a few ways you can help yourself feel more awake. I, regrettably, never fully adjusted to the house lost in April, and like clockwork, I feel tired midday and I just want to crawl into bed and sleep. However, in the article, I found — via the National Sleep Foundation — that a 20-minute nap can help you feel more alert. And I'll be honest with you — it worked. Then my boyfriend came home and told me about nappuccinos after he heard about them on NPR during his commute from work. So what is a nappuccino? Here's what you need to know.

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According to NPR, the term "nappuccino" was coined by Daniel Pink, who claimed that the method is the secret to taking the perfect nap.

In the podcast, NPR spoke with Jim Horne, a sleep researcher at Loughborough University who has published a study about the benefits of 20-minute naps.

"A 20-minute nap can make up for one hour of lost sleep," Horne revealed.

However, Horne had another strategy that is perfect for when you need to feel more alert, explaining that this particular method has been shown to be effective in sleepy drivers.

Horne, like Pink, suggested that people take a "caff nap" or "nappuccino," in which you sleep immediately after drinking a cup of coffee.

"That coffee takes 20 minutes to kick in," Horne said.

Thus, the combination of caffeine and the 20-minute power nap will work together to give you that burst of energy you need to get through the day.

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