What on earth is a “Nappuccino”?

I always have more than one book in progress:  One for when I’m tired and need mindless entertainment; one for when I’m alert, is informative and grows my neuro-connections.  

I found a book* that addresses both and surprised me with a tip on napping. When I was younger naps were a waste of time.  Now, I appreciate the “restorative power” of catching a mid-day snooze.  Here is a good recipe for a…


Want to maximize your Nappuccinos? Here is what you do:

  • Find the best time for your nap. When is your energy low point? Your mood low point? For most of us, it is about 7 hours after we wake up. 
  • Create your nap environment – someplace comfortable: the floor, bed, couch, bathtub (EMPTY) –  definitely low lights and NO cell phone.
  • Set a timer, nap 10 to 20 minutes, you will feel more alert and function better, without waking with that groggy feeling.

Here’s the kicker that surprised me:

The  Nappucino

Drink a cup of coffee! That’s right, drink coffee before you nap. It takes the caffeine about 25 minutes to kick in, so you’ll get the perfect amount of napping time and then you’ll wake up with the caffeine boost.  Who woulda thunk it?

There’s also evidence that habitual nappers get more from their naps than infrequent nappers. Practice makes perfect – I’m taking a Nappucino every day until I am an expert.


*”WHEN: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing” by Daniel Pink 







11 comments on “What on earth is a “Nappuccino”?

  1. This is really interesting info – I’m going to tell my son whose only vitamin is coffee and who thinks he’s not affected by the caffeine – yeah, right! Anyway, I find my nappacinos occur just at the climax of the TV show I’m watching. I know the beginning of 10,000 shows and the ending of one – “That’s all folks.”

    I read Pink’s book “A Whole New Mind” – required for one of the schools where I taught.


    • Anne,
      Let us know how your Nappuccino works. I thought it a brrrrrriliant suggestion since my naps tend towards the 2 hour mark and then I have trouble going to sleep in the p.m.


    • Dear Linda T.
      We do not snore as we are critters imbued with decorum and propriety, not to mention social graces and open nasal passages. But thanks for asking
      Freddie Parker Westerfield, SS
      Silent Sleeper


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