Running Helps You Sleep Better? Running Keeps Me AWAKE at night.
My body seems to defy logic.
Running makes my insomnia worse rather than better.
It’s nothing to do with physical discomfort either. When I’ve been running my mind races.
I get excited about going out again the next day and start thinking about the distances I’ll need to cover to meet a certain target.
It’s especially bad on days where I run twice. For a while in March I was regularly running at least 6 miles, twice daily.
On those days I distinctly remember cursing my brain for being unable to switch off.
I’ve tried baths, showers, spraying my ballbag with Deep Heat, drinking wine, drinking hot chocolate, playing Enya CD’s, eating Pot Noodles, watching Borat on repeat and NONE of them seem to work.
I’m honestly tired of reading about all of these herbal remedies that smart asses propose to alleviate sleeplessness.
“Oh, if you listen to this CD of whales fucking, then you’ll sleep for 25 hours a day and you’ll wake up in 2067, thinking you’re the killer bastard lovechild of (David Bowie + Jaws) x Moby Dick”
All of it is hippy nonsense.
I went to my G.P about my running and my inability to sleep afterwards and he said he hadn’t seen the like of it before.
This begs the question, am I hopelessly obsessed with this running malarkey? Is it like a drug that I can’t get enough fixes of?
I’d say yes on both accounts. This is why I am writing this blog post at 2:52am. No prospect of sleep after a double running session.
I feel like scoffing a Pepperoni Pizza as a means of rebellion against my bastard brain.
I won’t though. I’ll just sit here reading running blogs until I fall asleep at the keyboard.