The Art + Science of a Coffee Nap

The Art + Science of a Coffee Nap

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who, when the mid-afternoon slump hits, has not reached for a coffee to get them through the rest of the day. But have you ever been so tired that coffee just didn’t help that much? If at all? There’s a reason for that, and even better – a solution. Enter… The Coffee Nap!   I know it sounds weird, but stick with me. I’ll explain exactly how it works and how to do it. Basically we have receptors in our brain that, when caffeine molecules bind to them, stimulate the brain and trigger the release of adrenaline which gives us that pick-me-up we all know and love coffee for. However, if we are particularly tired and run-down, perhaps working some long days, or even skimping on sleep – caffeine can find itself competing with adenosine for those receptors[1]. Adenosine is a compound our body naturally produces that plays a role in triggering sleep[2,3]. Levels naturally build up over the course of our day and, ultimately, it initiates the first stage of a sleep cycle and the rest of the sleeping hormone cascade follows suit. This is great when we flop into bed at the end of the day, but highly inconvenient if we have a truckload on the to-do list that just can’t wait. The trouble is, both adenosine and caffeine bind to the same receptors[4] and if adenosine is ‘occupying the toilet stall’ so-to-speak – caffeine has no way of getting in there and doing its’ thing. This is why, when you’re really tired – no amount of coffee seems to help....
7 Tips For More Energy, Instantly!

7 Tips For More Energy, Instantly!

One thing I consistently hear from clients is they feel tired all the time. For some it’s waking up feeling groggy and taking a few hours (and a few coffees) before they reach full speed, for others it’s hitting the wall at 3pm and struggling all the way home from there. And some people spend all day feeling like they’re pushing the proverbial up-hill with a stick. And whilst there are many reasons why you might be feeling flat, drained and unmotivated – here are a few basic tips you can incorporate into your daily routine to put some bounce back in your step. #1 Eat a Power Breakfast Instead of heavy grains, bread or pastries, or the typical high-GI cereals that are so popular – opt for a protein and fat-rich option instead for more sustained energy. And for a quick, convenient week-day option you can’t beat a morning smoothie; it’s an ideal breakfast because it’s a breeze to prepare, easily digested and can be packed with healthy fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients! Whey protein is my preferred protein source, and coconut oil is a great source of healthy fats. The potential for flavour and nutrient combinations are endless but if you feel a bit stuck –  click here for some recipe inspiration. #2 Drink Water Feeling tired is often an early sign of dehydration; we’re similar to a car battery in that when we start to dry out, energy production falters. So think twice before you reach for a coffee or energy drink and try a tall glass of water instead. Have a bottle filled with H20 with you at all times (on your desk or...