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Sleep The Night Before A Race
Finally, another major issue for runners who suffer from insomnia is stressing about not sleeping, especially before races. This is obviously a vicious cycle, so it’s important to try and relax about your sleep issues as much as possible.
Research has shown that sleep loss ranging from 16-24 hours does not impair performance during aerobic and anaerobic events. The adrenaline rush of competition appears to override any negative physical consequences of sleep deprivation. Therefore, if you miss several hours of sleep for a night or two before your race, your performance is not likely to be impacted unless you are particularly susceptible to sleep deprivation.
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