Runner's World Profiles Marathoner with Insomnia

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August 21, 2009

The September issue of Runner's World profiles Tera Moody, one of the best female long-distance runners in the United States, and her struggle with insomnia. Latin for "no sleep," insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep. Insomnia is also used to describe the condition of waking up not feeling restored or refreshed. According to Runner's World , Moody, who is 28 years old, with few exceptions hasn't slept through the night since sixth grade. As a runner, Moody's body needs sleep more than usual. The article states that Moody is representing the United States in the marathon event at the 12th International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Berlin, and her training has consisted of running 100 miles a week. Sleep is as essential as diet and exercise. Inadequate sleep can result in fatigue, depression, concentration problems, illness and injury. There is a wealth of research indicating that people with insomnia have poorer overall health, more work absenteeism, and a higher incidence of depression.