To most, especially those who wake up extra early to do it, running is all about energy. Hit the pavement, get the blood pumping, and have your adrenaline flowing in time for work to begin. Works great, if you can pry yourself out of bed in time.
But for those of us who prefer running after work, there’s another benefit to a good run:
therapy for working out the problems of that day getting prepared for a good night’s sleep. It’s common sense that we need a good sleep to run. What we sometimes forget is that we often need a good run to sleep.
Here’s how it works. Temperature is key to regulating our sleeping habits, as it drops a degree or two while you’re snoozing (that’s why spicy foods are a no-no for late night, Taco Bell marketing campaigns be damned). A good workout raises our body temperature by a couple of degrees, so as our body cools down, we’re in the perfect state for a restful slumber.