Mind + Health
Get a PB in your sleep
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