Runner's world published an article yesterday entitled "Later Bedtime Linked To Weight Gain". It's a short and sweet article about how staying up later pretty much means you are going to snack more (truth) which will in turn lead to weight gain.
Right now I am reading a few different books, some of them are training related and emphasize morning workouts. I'm going to try to be better about this, but it will mean some schedule adjustments. First and foremost it means getting to bed earlier, which will force me to get up earlier to get my workouts in so I am not finishing them so late. The biggest thing about doing morning workouts, if you get it done early it will be less of an issue if something comes up and you can't get your workout in later....less missed workouts is a big deal!
Runner's World posted an article a few weeks ago "7 Ways Runners Can Get Better Sleep", again it is simple information but something to try and be better about. Here are the 7 things, you can read a little more about each in the article; and why each will help you.
Simple little things can make a big difference; making a pre-bed routine, not eating too close to bedtime, keeping the bedroom clutter free, massage, meditation, and even nookie ;)
A few ways sleep affects your running (Source)
1. The body repairs itself while you sleep: "General protein synthesis, cell growth and division, and tissue repair and growth take place during all four stages of sleep, but mainly during slow-wave delta sleep."
2. Loss of sleep can weaken your immune system. Don't want to get sick before a race after months of training, do you?
3. Sleep deprivation can make running harder
4. Sleep deprivation can lengthen the recovery process
5. Sleep can improve your thermoregulatory system: Adequate sleep can actually help you be more efficient in extreme temperatures. Lord knows we all wish we could handle running in this summer heat better!
Do you go to bed at same time every night?
For you early risers out there, what's some advice you have?
Have you noticed a correlation between your weight and sleep habits?
Any other chronic snack-eaters out there like me?