Cooling down and sleep disorders

This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

What’s the best way to cool down at the aid stations of races? Do you have trouble sleeping? Read on for the tips.

Drink or pour to cool down?

I and many runners I know have for the longest time liked to pour water from aid stations over our heads at warm weather races. Whether there’s benefit or not, it sure feels good.

Well, there’s now evidence that pouring over your head is more effective for cooling down than drinking.

Note: Alex Hutchinson also wrote about this at his Sweat Science blog.

Obviously, you have to drink in order to prevent or delay hydration but, if the issue is cooling down and you’re not concerned about hydration such as if you’re running a shorter race, then pouring over your head might work better. Also, if you are concerned about both, you might want to get enough water to both drink and pour over your head.

Sleeping disorders

We all know how important sleep is to our athletic success, right? It’s critical. Training is all about stress and recovery. You stress to stimulate an adaptation but it’s during the recovery that your body actually adapts and gets stronger. There is no more critical time to our recovery than our sleeping hours.

Well, no surprise in our modern world, a lot of athletes have trouble getting the sleep they need.

Fortunately, sleeping disorders can be dealt with. If you’re having trouble sleeping, don’t hesitate to seek out help. Getting good sleep will likely help a lot of aspects of your life, including your running.

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