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Nap versus coffee: sleeping and stimulating our way to greater productivity

Sep 15, 2010

Most people get sleepy at some point in the afternoon. That’s why we have afternoon tea or a coffee break; get some caffeine, get back to work. But is that really the right solution? In some cultures, people take a siesta—a short nap to recharge and revive. Try that in the US, and you’ll get a really long break—you’ll get fired. But cultural considerations aside, what’s better for your productivity and your health? Some sleep studies show a bit of Joe’s a good thing. Others say nap time resets the brain and helps you focus. So who’s right? And what do you do? Nap or coffee?

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