Live Like A Clock: How Routine Aids Performance

  • By Jeff Gaudette
  • Published Nov. 20, 2013
  • Updated Nov. 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM UTC

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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Jeff Gaudette

Jeff Gaudette

Jeff has been running for 13 years, at all levels of the sport. He was a two time Division-I All-American in Cross Country while at Brown University and competed professionally for 4 years after college for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. Jeff's writing has been featured in Running Times magazine, Endurance Magazine, as well as numerous local magazine fitness columns.

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