Anyone who has taken a stab at a freelance career knows two important things: 1. When an assignment comes, you take it. 2. That often means you’re up all night (or wake up at an insanely early hour to make your deadline). Coffee has literally become my best friend over the past few months since I left my full-time gig—without fail, I make myself a latte every morning before I start my day. As the hours pass, I’ll have one (or two) more caffeinated beverages, but sometimes they just don’t do the trick. But according to a new article on Huffington Post, maybe I’m sleepy because I’m not taking a coffee nap. When I first read the piece, I thought this combination of my two favorite things—caffeine and naps—might be too good to be true. But anyone who is short on Z’s (and time) can and should take one… and not just the freelance folks out there.
This is how to do it: Quickly drink either a shot of espresso or iced coffee (which tend to go down easier than hot drinks) and set an alarm for 20 minutes. Take a nap, or just close your eyes and rest if you can’t fall asleep on cue. When you get up one-third of an hour later, you will be more alert—caffeine takes just that amount of time to affect you—and you’ll already be well-rested from some shut-eye.
Get to know the science behind the nap-and-coffee experience with Vox’s video below: