Live Like A Clock: How Routine Aids Performance

Better Sleep Patterns

Another benefit to running at the same time each day is better sleeping patterns. If you’re a consistent evening runner, your body will adjust to the increased production of cortisol (which is released during a hard workout) and enable you to still fall asleep at a decent hour. If your running time is constantly in flux, you don’t have a chance to adapt to falling asleep with higher cortisol levels and you’ll toss and turn trying to fall asleep. Likewise, if you run in the morning every day, you’ll be more consistent with getting to bed early and less prone to hitting the snooze button.

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