napping woman

Recently, in our apartment, something very dramatic has been happening in the mornings…

I’ve been waking up at 5 a.m.

FIVE A.M. It’s still dark out. The birds aren’t even chirping.

My mind isn’t spinning; I’m still tired; but my body is awake. I don’t know what’s causing it (a magnesium deficiency? generalized anxiety? perimenopause?), but whatever the reason, for the past month, my eyes have been popping open before the crack of dawn, and I end up feeling exhausted all day.

Luckily, this morning, at our neighbor café, the barista suggested a great solution: coffee naps. Have you ever heard of them? “I discovered them in college,” she told me. “You chug a cup of coffee and immediately lie down. Set your alarm for 20 minutes. You wake up completely refreshed.”

Apparently science backs this up. Studies have shown that caffeine plus a short nap improves performance, versus just caffeine or just sleep.

So, this morning, after finishing my cold brew, I lay down for 20 minutes — and I did feel much better upon waking. Who knows? Maybe this 5 a.m. thing won’t be so bad after all.

Thoughts? Would you try a coffee nap? Have you already? What time do you wake up in the morning?

P.S. A bedtime trick that’s changing our lives, and the thing that surprised me most about my marriage.

(Photo by Reidar Pritzel.)