close
Advertisement

Which is better: coffee or a nap?

Both caffeine and sleep have restorative properties.

Which is better: coffee or a nap?
Thinkstock
Advertisement

Your head hurts

Drink Coffee

Caffeine improves the absorption of pain relievers, so pair an espresso with an analgesic like aspirin to treat a headache.

You want to run faster

Drink Coffee

Caffeine boosts endurance and speed; estimates put performance gains at 1-3%. A 77kg man will need about a cup and a half of coffee one hour before a race.

You must do well in a test

Take a nap

An hour-long nap “can be as good as a whole night of sleep in terms of storing information,” says William Fishbein, a psychologist and neuroscientist at the City University of New York.

You’re grumpy and sleep-deprived

Drink coffee and take a nap

Both cof fee and naps can improve mood individually; combined, they ’re magical. Swill cof fee before a 30-minute nap, and wake up happy.

You require creative insight

Take a nap

Tales of discoveries made in dreams – or in flashes upon waking – are common, maybe because REM sleep is thought to facilitate connections between ideas.



Advertisement

More in Tips/Advice

Wash your hands immediately after touching these 10 things

Wash your hands immediately after touching these 10 things

Washing your hands is a given if you want to avoid germs – but it’s especially important after touching these microbe magnets.
70 secrets nurses wish they could tell you

70 secrets nurses wish they could tell you

Doctors are clueless about what really happens in the beds, wards, and halls of our hospitals. That's why we went to the experts: nurses.
15 daily habits that might be ageing you prematurely

15 daily habits that might be ageing you prematurely

Stop some of these moves, and you might slow down the hands of time.
41 strange symptoms that can signal a serious disease

41 strange symptoms that can signal a serious disease

So often your lumps, bumps, rashes, and red spots are harmless. Occasionally, they’re a sign of something far more serious. Here’s how to tell the difference.
10 ways to make vitamins and minerals work better for you

10 ways to make vitamins and minerals work better for you

From proper scheduling to mixing and matching the right combinations, these are the expert tips you should follow to get the most from any vitamins and minerals.
Advertisement