26 Aug '14, 5am

Running in the morning? It could affect your sleep tomorrow:

Ever wondered how morning workouts affect your sleep? A new study in the European Journal of Sport Science , from researchers in Australia (including Shona Halson, the head of recovery at the Australian Institute of Sport) tackles this question. The study was fairly straightforward: they simply strapped wrist-worn sleep monitors on a training group of seven elite swimmers during a 14-day period of intense training. On 12 of those days, the swimmers had 6:00 a.m. workouts scheduled; the other two days were rest days. Here's what the data looked like on average: The white bars are overnight sleep; the black bars are workouts (usually twice a day); and the grey bars are afternoon naps. What jumps out, not surprisingly, is that the swimmers got less sleep when they had early workouts – way less sleep, in fact. The numbers are pretty stark: they spent 7.7 hours in bed before tr...

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