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You’ve probably heard people say they enjoy running because it lets them switch off. Perhaps you feel that way yourself.

Well recent research in mice suggests there may actually be a scientific basis for this, because brain activity really does decrease when you’re performing a simple, repetitive action. What’s more, while running may tire your body out, such exercise might actually reduce your brain’s need for sleep.

Read the full article on The Conversation website, written by Vladyslav Vyazovskiy, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics.

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