Taking a micro nap shortly after having a cup of coffee might seem like the worst possible way to become better rested, but recent studies beg to differ. In fact, a study performed by scientists at Loughborough University in the UK found that this technique, also called a caffeine nap, has excellent benefits. The caffeine nap helped drivers be more alert, have better performance, and even reduce the occurrence of the infamous afternoon crash.
Are you a napper? If so, you’re in good company. Some famous historical figures, including John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Napoleon, John D. Rockefeller, and Thomas Edison were nappers, according to the Huffington Post. There has also been reports that Albert Einstein, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush were known to catch some short shut eye.
So, if you have an extra 10 minutes to spare, you might want to spend it taking a nap. A study conducted by researchers at Flinders University in Australia analyzed the benefits of taking a nap, including the ideal length of a nap for the most betterment. The findings, which are published in the research journal Sleep, revealed that a 10-minute nap rendered the most benefit in terms of cognitive performance and reduced sleepiness.