Mind + Health

Get a PB in your sleep

Runner's World (UK) - - In This Issue -

Sleep well if you want to run faster

MORE THAN two-thirds of ath­letes say they sleep badly the night be­fore a race, but new re­search2 sug­gests that ‘sleep ex­ten­sion’ in the days lead­ing up to your event can solve the prob­lem. Think of it as the slum­ber equiv­a­lent of carb-load­ing. In the study, get­ting an ex­tra 75 min­utes’ shut­eye on six con­sec­u­tive nights be­fore a full-on sleep­less night led to in­creased en­durance in an ex­er­cise task and a lower rating of per­ceived ex­er­tion. Even those who weren’t chron­i­cally sleep-de­prived ben­e­fited. Study leader Pier­rick Ar­nal, from the French Armed Forces Biomed­i­cal Re­search In­sti­tute, be­lieves that the longer your work­out or event, the more ben­e­fi­cial sleep ex­ten­sion could be. Now, where’s that snooze but­ton?

SLEEP ON IT Load up on qual­ity rest in the week be­fore a race

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