Cant sleep Before a Marathon

Posted: November 7, 2007 in marathon

Many runners will admit getting to sleep is difficult on the night  before a marathon. Alex Zarnadi who finished 4th at New York marathon wheelchair category admitted he was too nervous, he only slept under three hours.

During my first Nairobi marathon I remember the night before the marathon the majority of the night was spent turning around the bed, looking outside the window and checking time.

Help is at hand

An article on New York times says better sleep doesn’t have to come in a pill. If you are one of those runners who would like to get to sleep without turning to a pill you might try some of this ideas.

According to a report by The Journal of Family practice, a change of your habits is the secret to better sleep. The ideas to better sleep are simple such that you might doubt them.

The first habit to change is, avoid stimulating activities and thoughts. This means not watching television, eating or reading in bed. Don’t go to bed until you are sleepy. Get up at the same time every day, and don’t nap during the day. If you are unable to sleep, get out of bed after 15 minutes and do something relaxing.

Secondly, Eat regular meals, don’t go to bed hungry and limit beverages, particularly alcohol and caffeinated drinks, around bedtime.

Finally, don’t try too hard to fall asleep, and turn the clock around so you can’t see it. Watching time pass is one of the worst things to do when you’re trying to fall asleep.

If on the night before the marathon you cant sleep no matter how hard you try, atleast relax. Just lie on the bed, avoid thinking, just focus feeling your breath.


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