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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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