The habit of running at night
Most of us believe that running can work up our muscles and makes us lose the stamina to work further. So when you run and get back to bed, you might probably sleep better. This theory might not always hold water. We learn a lot of stuff only through personal experience. We probably had a long day, with a lot of blues and that day you went to bed and dozed off soon. So since then, you started believing that when you work a lot, you sleep better.
Sleeping need not necessarily mean closing the eyes and being in the state of rest. There is a vast difference between a deep sleep and a disturbed sleep. When your body doesn’t get the required amount of sleep, even while you are awake your brain can quietly sleep. So you are physically awake, but your brain actually goes off.
Now, where does running come here?
Running involves constant brain activity which requires about 20% of the total energy your whole body requires to work on a given day, which is way too much of consumption. This is where the story of ‘the running mice’ comes in. The research was actually carried out intensively after people found out some weird connection between the rat’s nature of constantly running and staying up at night. Mice involve a lot of running activities, so they do not sleep well at night is what the research simply concluded.
- Studies suggest that the longer you are awake, the more anxious your brain becomes. Many would have personally experienced this when waking up in the middle of the night. You work for a while and then find it really hard to get back to your slumber. This is because the brain has taken the rest it required and now it is all awake to perform the tasks of the day.
- Falling asleep can easily happen at low temperatures, but when you run the body temperature increase making it difficult for you to sleep. The body can take a couple of hours to get back to the normal temperature.
- Running is a vigorous activity. Walking or even a slow-paced jogging can help you get good sleep but not run. So the activities that are vigorous and the ones that consume a lot of energy should be done at least 4 hours before the bedtime so that your body gets back to normalcy before you go to bed.
Running is actually beneficial as it fights off depression and anxiety, which is why you stay up at night. Weeds grow along with good crops. So weed out this habit of running at nights. Instead, ask your running habits to take up early morning shifts so that you can sleep better and at the same time avail the benefits of running too.