The Little Things That Make a Big Difference’ is an article series outlining weight loss and diet interventions that may seem insignificant, but can make a huge difference to the success of your diet plan.

Coffee naps

‘Coffee’ and ‘nap’ – two words that really don’t seem to go together, right? Well, what if I told you that you could change the way you feel every day and keep your energy levels up by combining these two things? (Remember, when you feel good and energised you eat better, so this is a weight-loss tip, too.)

A coffee nap is just that. You drink a strong cup of coffee (preferably black and unsweetened), and then lie down for a 30-minute nap. The coffee won’t have kicked in yet, so you’ll get some rest until it does, and then you’ll wake up easily, because the coffee will help you.

Twenty to thirty minutes is a good length of time to sleep for in the day, because you won’t enter a deep sleep, so you’ll be able to get back with the programme easily, while still getting the benefits of a proper brain-shutdown.

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Remember, a nap won’t cure you of sleepless nights, but it can help you get some rest when you really need it. And we all know that good REST is important for our bodies to function optimally. That means burning calories, using energy and brain function.

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When and where to nap?

In terms of when to nap, the middle of the day (say between 13h00 and 15h00) is an ideal time, as you will be tired by bed time. Most of us are still at work at midday, but if you’re able to sneak in a few winks in your car during the lunch hour, you’ll be far more productive in the second half of the day. Or if you have your own office, close the door, and put up a ‘do not disturb’ sign to catch 40 winks at your desk.

For those who are lucky enough to work from home, allow yourself a little nap in the middle of the day, on your bed or the couch but be sure to set your alarm, and get straight back to work after the nap time.

While coffee naps aren’t something EVERYONE is able to do, they are a huge help for increasing your energy levels if you are able to take a nap in the middle of the day.

If you’re someone who likes to go to gym after work, a coffee nap can help give you that extra motivation you need to get to gym and give it your ALL later in the day.



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