Everybody knows how important sleep is. Whether you lead an active lifestyle or not, good-quality sleep is essential. It’s important to find the right balance for your needs and, most of all, to avoid skimping on sleep on a regular basis.
For runners, sleep is the ideal time to restore glycogen stores, repair any tissue that may have been damaged during training and eliminate built-up mental fatigue. As Yann Le Meur, a researcher in exercise physiology, puts it: “At night, we observe significant activity in muscles, tendons, and bones. That’s why sleep is particularly important during periods of intensive training. The more you run, the more you need the nighttime recovery phase.”