After a bad night’s sleep, you find yourself practically drifting off on line at the grocery store.
SOLUTION: If you have insomnia, skip the nap, advises Michael Breus, PHD, a sleep specialist in Manhattan Beach, CA, and author of The Power of When. If you don’t have insomnia, take a nap but keep it short to avoid messing up your sleep at night. His solution (which he calls “nap-a-latte”): Quickly drink 6 ounces of lukewarm drip coffee, which has the highest caffeine content, then take a 25-minute nap. “You will get your stage 1 and stage 2 sleep [see “The Stages of Sleep,” page 92], which will make you feel less sleepy, and the caffeine will kick in at 25 minutes,” Breus explains. After that, you should feel alert and energized for at least four hours.