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How to Combat Nighttime Anxiety

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How to Combat Nighttime Anxiety

Ideally, you’d get into bed each evening, turn off the light, go straight to sleep, and only wake up when your alarm went off. Yet for many people, it’s not quite so simple. If you’re part of the 20 percent of American adults that the National Institutes of Health estimates struggle with anxiety, it might feel like a fight to relax and get the sleep you need.[1] In this article, we’ll look at some of the common causes and consequences of evening anxiety and give you some practical tips to tackle them. Why Do You Get Anxious at Night? There...

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Mother Runner Optimizes Her Sleep

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Mother Runner Optimizes Her Sleep

Even if you’re not a professional athlete or chasing around an energetic toddler like Amanda Nurse, we can all use a little more sleep right now. Regulating your internal circadian rhythm and achieving high-quality sleep are some of the most effective tools at protecting your immunity and boosting your own wellness.

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Melatonin: Everything You Need to Know About This Sleep Hormone

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Melatonin: Everything You Need to Know About This Sleep Hormone

There are an increasing number of supplements that claim they’ll improve your sleep. But with supplement label claims still being free from regulation, how can you tell fact from marketing fiction? One of the best first steps when searching for a sleep-enhancing product is to go back to what the latest science says. And when it comes to evidence-based ingredients, none come close to the body of evidence backing the efficacy of melatonin. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at its role in the body, why its production can get disrupted, and why we included a specific dosage...

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Building Consistency: Does Timing of Training Matter?

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Building Consistency: Does Timing of Training Matter?

By Becky Wade Firth Most runners intuit that good sleep does wonders for our training, racing, and ability to stay healthy. Not only do we feel better overall when our minds and bodies are sufficiently rested; solid shuteye also makes it possible to dig a little deeper and fend off more of those pesky colds and season-threatening injuries. It’s more than a hunch. A comprehensive review of recent literature led by Dr. Andrew M. Watson spouts the many ways that abundant sleep boosts athletic performance. When sleep duration and quality go up, so do recovery and adaptation, perceived exertion, and—the kicker—endurance performance....

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Pre-Race Nerves Keeping You Up? Science-Backed Ways to Wind Down at Night

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Pre-Race Nerves Keeping You Up? Science-Backed Ways to Wind Down at Night

As exciting as competing is—especially after any kind of extended layoff—it’s also inherently stressful. Whether you’re racing in an Olympic stadium or on some empty backroads, if the outcome is meaningful to you, some amount of pre-race nerves is inevitable. One runner may feel intense butterflies in her stomach for weeks leading up to a big event. Another may not feel nervous until he arrives at the race venue to warm up. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, the key is to expect what’s coming and have a plan for managing it.  The night before a competition is particularly ripe...

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