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Running and Sleeping

How many times have we given up sleep just so we can go for a run. It’s hard, between work, studies, family and other commitments, there just isn’t enough hours in the day to do everything. Sleep usually ends up being the one suffering. We all know that not having enough sleep will affect our running performance, but did you know that even slight sleep deprivation can have effects on your running?

Research has shown that adequate sleep is needed to repair and refuel muscles between runs. The effects of sleep deprivation are cumulative, so even a small amount of sleep deprivation each night can add up to big problems over time. Studies have shown that as little as thirty cumulative hours of sleep deprivation can reduce cardiovascular performance of runners by more than 10 percent.

So if you need 8 hours of sleep each night but are only getting 7, you running may be compromised within a month!

Edwin Kwan

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