SLEEP IN! IT'S THE WEEKEND and the calendar says we are headed for later sunsets and earlier sunrises and warmer evenings. There are lots of reasons that a good night’s sleep may be difficult to achieve in modern times, even when we sleep in our own homes. Some runners will be traveling on vacation, or to destination races that require staying in unfamiliar rooms (friends, relatives, or hotels will host us) in which we don’t control the environment.
An inexpensive aid to peaceful slumber in the DARK, is to wear a sleep mask or sleep shades to bed. I have used them for decades, keeping some given to my family by the airlines on an overnight flight. That long ago they were FREE! My husband now occasionally travels far and picks one up. They are simply made of a smooth black fabric and elastic bands, don’t wear out, and can be easily washed. I haven’t needed to shop for replacements. This is much less trouble than putting in room darkening shades!
You can check out this review or surf internet shops for more options. My experience is that the shades especially help to extend sleep in the morning, when it’s still too early to rise, but I am beginning to be wakeful. In my own home it’s okay to get up super early, make coffee, and get going. But as a visitor or a hotel guest, there might not be any options to laying awake in bed for an hour or more, especially if there are others in the room still sleeping.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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