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Shower At Night Or In The Morning? Your Body And Habits Tell The Answer

Shower At Night Or In The Morning? Your Body And Habits Tell The Answer

The time of day when you shower depends upon personal preference typically, but research shows that showering in the morning versus the evening has different perks for people.

Proponents of evening showers swear by how relaxed they become before falling into bed afterwards. They also say showering at night saves you time in the morning. But fans of a morning shower time love how a splash of water wakes them up and gets them recharged for their day. Even Benjamin Franklin washed up in the morning. So are there any points we can take into consideration to decide when should be our optimal shower time?

Morning Shower Time

1. You find it difficult to wake up in the morning

Morning showers usually help you wake up. Sleep experts at Kansas State note that a morning shower revs your engines and brings you to an alert state. Showers at night will keep you awake longer, which can be a problem for insomniacs. In fact, one study shows that blasting yourself with cold water at the end of a morning shower will really wake you up.

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2. You work out in the morning

If you exercise in the morning, which fitness experts recommend, you’ll need to shower or else risk being fired or losing friends because you smell. Personal development coach Ryan Whiteside explains why morning exercise, followed by a refreshing shower, will start your day off right.

3. You need to be creative for your job

A morning shower time is perfect if you want to get your creative juices flowing first thing. Harvard University psychology lecturer Shelley Carson references what psychologists call the incubation period, that time when those “wheels are turning” and the lightbulb comes on with an answer. Carson says a morning shower allows people to enter that incubation period and have “aha” moments.

4. You easily cut yourself when shaving

If you shave in the morning, shower in the morning. That’s because the human body receives a boost in those clot-forming platelets in the morning that you need to stop the bleeding when you accidentally knick yourself.

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5. You need meditation

A morning shower offers a quiet time where you can meditate or pray. There’s even an entire global network established to encourage people to pray while showering in the morning.

Evening Shower Time

6. You have trouble sleeping

Sleep specialists say you spend almost one-third of your entire life sleeping, which presumably is primarily in your bed. By showering at night, you’ll have cleaner sheets and not have to wash them as often. In fact, almost every bed already has dust mites, those icky microscopic bugs that love feeding off of your dead skin cells. Don’t add your dirtiness to those sheets, compounding the problem. Allergist Jeffrey Miller recommends taking that one step further and putting your pillows and mattresses in dust-proof encasings.

7. You want better skin

If you have a skin condition, such as eczema, a warm evening shower followed by an application of lotion or your medicated ointment is ideal. Dr. Stephanie Gardner said that while steamy showers soothe the body, it actually dries out the natural oils in the skin quickly, making you itchy when you step out. So use lukewarm water and don’t spend more than five minutes in the shower washing up.

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8. You want to get rid of allergies

If you suffer from allergies, it’s best to shower at bedtime and wash off the unseen allergens trapped in your hair and on your skin with warm water. Pulmonologist Paul Enright also recommends using a saltwater nasal rinse in the shower at bedtime to help with allergy relief.

9. The place you live has extreme winter conditions

If you live in a climate that has extreme winter conditions, showering in the evening means you slip on warm pyjamas and slither into bed, nice and toasty warm directly from an equally warm shower. Showering in the morning in the wintertime means you have to be brave enough to jump out of the shower into a cold bathroom on a cold floor and scramble to throw on your clothes without icicles forming on your nose.

10. You have acne-prone skin

Dermatologist Carolyn Jacob notes that a nighttime shower will help rinse the facial pores of makeup, sweat, smog, dust, and dirt, helping reduce the risk of developing acne or worsening an existing bout of acne.

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Whether or not you hop in the shower in the morning or the evening really depends upon if you’re a night oil, prone to itchy skin, need a morning perk-up and several other factors. So evaluate what your needs are and see which shower time will work best for you.

Featured photo credit: Morgufile.com/Krystle via morguefile.com

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Last Updated on October 16, 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

Why you can’t sleep through the night

The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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Stress

If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

Exposure to blue light before sleep time

We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

Eating close to bedtime

Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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Medical conditions

In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

The vicious sleep cycle

The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

You get a bad night’s sleep
–> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
–> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
–> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

    You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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    How to sleep better (throughout the night)

    To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

    1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

    What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

    Here are a few suggestions:

    • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
    • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
    • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
    • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
    • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

    2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

    What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

    • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
    • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
    • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
    • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

    3. Adjust your sleep temperature

    Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

    Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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    Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

    Sleep better form now on

    Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

    I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

    As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

    Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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