If you follow me on twitter you’ll have noticed I don’t really sleep very well. I generally find it hard to fall asleep, and then I’m constantly waking up in the night. When I do get to sleep I often have such vivid dreams that I wake up feeling like I haven’t slept. I can’t remember the last time I had a refreshing, reviving sleep!
I’ve tried every bit of advice I could find on getting a good night’s sleep. Lavender Oil, warm milk, Horlicks, reading, not reading, journalling, going to bed early, going to bed late, going to bed at the same time each night, counting sheep, counting each breath, sleeping in a cold room, a warm room, having a hot shower before bed, avoiding certain foods or eating certain foods and I could fill the rest of this post with things I’ve tried and been told to try.
I’ve come to simply accept that I am not a good sleeper, it’s just a part of life and I have learned to work around it.
The thing is though, my best sleep is always towards morning, usually around the time my alarm goes off. I thus find waking up is very difficult; why wouldn’t I want to hold on to the only sleep I’m really getting?
This is one of the reasons why I am not an early morning runner. I don’t want to give up the only couple of hours of real sleep that I get.
The other reason I am not a morning runner is I tend to have far more energy in the evenings then I do during the morning or even during the day. Where things are an effort in the morning, they are far easier for me in the evenings. I come home from work and I’m ready to go out again for my run.
I also love running after work because it helps me let go of the day’s stresses and worries. I just run along, listening to my music and thinking my thoughts and when I get home I doubt I could tell you what I had actually been thinking about! For someone whose brain is constantly ‘on the go’, it’s a relief to have a time when I can shut it off. I remember I once tweeted that during a run one evening, I felt my stress billowing out behind me like a cape; at some point I let it go and the cape of stress flew away into the night. I like that chance to work off the worries of my day and then come home to relax in the evening.
I also find running towards sunset to be really quite beautiful, and I especially love being out in the long, bright evenings in summer. But I also like the cover of darkness in winter and I love being out when stars are shining. So honestly I can’t think of any reason NOT to love running in the evening!
I am of course conscious of being extremely lucky that I have the time to run in the evenings. I’m single with no kids and very few obligations that would interfere with my running. I don’t know what I would do if I had a busier life, maybe I would become a morning runner because right now, sunrise or sunset, I can’t imagine my life without running in it anymore.
What about you? What time of day do you go running? Is it by necessity or preference? Leave a comment below!