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7 Ways Night Shower Can Help You Sleep Better

7 Ways Night Shower Can Help You Sleep Better

A good cold shower at night could be a soothing habit for most living in the tropics but it turns out that that it could be counterintuitive when it comes to beating stress and anxiety and having a good night’s sleep especially after a hard day’s work.

Studies have shown that when we sleep, heat escapes our bodies which is why our skin feels a little warmer at night, however, that change doesn’t happen ideally as we want it, disrupting our sleep instead. The solution? A hot shower before bed can help ease us in this transition by preventing us from losing heat too quickly. For solutions on how to sleep better, check out these 7 ways a night shower can help you!

1. Decrease Body Temperature

Ever felt drowsy in the car with the air conditioning blasting full force at you? This is due your metabolic functions such as breathing and heart rate slowing down because of the drop in body temperature. By using this theory, one can take advantage of a good soothing shower to lower your body temperature so that your body knows it’s being prepared for a good night’s sleep.

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However, instead of taking a cold shower which is a common misconception on how to sleep better during a hot day, emerging from a hot shower into cold air would bring down body temperatures more drastically.

2. Relieves Tension and Anxiety

Tension headaches, a stiff neck and shoulder pains are the common woes we all suffer from being desk bound. A hot shower just before bed time can help dilate blood vessels and improve blood circulation enabling the body to relax and soothe muscles.

Having a panic attack for that conference presentation tomorrow? Warm water has also proven to help clear the mind of troubles and reduce anxiety significantly.

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3. Moisturises Skin And Clears Excess Oil

One of the greatest pet peeves, if you would agree, is getting into bed with excessively oily skin. Sticky skin rubbing against clean silky bed sheets just won’t do for a good night’s sleep. Just simply having a short shower will do the trick to ensure a great shut eye.

If you are suffering from dry skin, the itch might keep you awake at night. Having a hot shower just before bed time can help open up pores for the introduction of a body lotion which can aid in better absorption.

4. Helps Get Rid Of Sinuses And Allergies

The spread of allergens become most rampant when flowers bloom during Spring and it doesn’t get easier when the sniffles get to you at night just before you go to bed.

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Allergens can get attached to our skin and clothing and inhaling them can make one extremely uncomfortable and unable to sleep at night. By having a warm shower and changing into fresh clothing just before going to bed, we can wash these allergens away and open nasal passages soothing sinuses.

5. Clears Lungs

Narrow sinuses and accumulated mucous can cause clogged up nasal passages. By having a hot shower just before bedtime, it can also help clear our lungs of irritants and helps drain out mucous from the nose. By doing this, it can also help prevent us from coughing in the middle of the night which can disrupt sleep.

6. Helps Migraines

Throbbing headaches caused by migraines can be a huge contributor to disrupted sleep or worse, insomnia. There are many possible causes for migraines which range from being a hereditary disease to overactive nerve cells causing blood vessels to dilate and tighten which is the reason for pulsating pains.

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For a quick fix, try running a hot shower over your head and your neck for 30 seconds as doing so, can help relax muscles and nerves.

7. Keeps your bed bug free

Dirty and flaky skin can lead to an infestation of dust mites as they feed off dead skin. With a shower and good moisturiser, you can keep the bed bugs at bay and even save time without having to change the bed sheets often.

However, it is always advisable to change your bed sheets at least once a week to kill any dust mites that could be bunking in with you. Dust mites are dangerous pests and can cause all sorts of itchy skin issues which can lead to disrupted sleep.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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