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Pre-Race Nerves Keeping You Up? Science-Backed Ways to Wind Down at Night

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Pre-Race Nerves Keeping You Up? Science-Backed Ways to Wind Down at Night

As exciting as competing is—especially after any kind of extended layoff—it’s also inherently stressful. Whether you’re racing in an Olympic stadium or on some empty backroads, if the outcome is meaningful to you, some amount of pre-race nerves is inevitable. One runner may feel intense butterflies in her stomach for weeks leading up to a big event. Another may not feel nervous until he arrives at the race venue to warm up. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, the key is to expect what’s coming and have a plan for managing it.  The night before a competition is particularly ripe...

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The Science of Sleep

Posted by Mackenzie Lynch on

The Science of Sleep

Neuroscientist Dr. Allison Brager shares with us what the brain is doing when sleep occurs. There is quite a bit of complexity between different regions of the brain, and they all need to be working together in order for you to fall asleep and stay asleep. In this video, we cover: – The transition from high brain activity to slow-wave activity – The top-down and bottom-up sleep process – Connectivity between the frontal region of the brain and the brain stem – Inhibitory vs. excitatory chemical pathways – What is required to fall asleep and stay asleepIn this video, we...

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