When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, you might be focusing more on your bedroom atmosphere or avoiding caffeine too late in the day. However, you also might want to start paying attention to your bathing habits, as there are a number of shower tips that can help you if you have trouble sleeping. Since showers can change our body temperature, and temperature plays a role in our body’s natural circadian rhythm, you can change up your shower habits to help encourage better sleep at night and wakefulness in the morning.
“Any drop in body temperature can often help with deepening our sleep through the night,” psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist Dr. Alex Dimitriu tells Bustle. “There is a substantial body of research that shows if you warm up, and then cool down through the night, sleep gets deeper. Meaning, we spend more time in a deep sleep rather than light sleep when we cool down. Half of this involves warming up, and a hot shower or bath before bed can accentuate this drop in temperature.”
If you are someone who struggles to fall asleep at night or wakes up frequently, shifting your shower routine may be able to help. Here are five fascinating shower tips for anyone who has trouble sleeping, according to experts.
1Take A Hot Shower At Night
Not everyone likes to shower at night, but if you have issues falling asleep at night, it might help to switch to a hot shower in the evening. Your body temperature falls when you go to sleep, so the goal is to get your body temperature to drop to help prep you for sleep. “Taking a hot nighttime shower just before bed artificially raises your temperature, and the sudden drop in temperature after the shower may help you get to sleep faster,” Mattress Firm’s sleep health expert Dr. Sujay Kansagra tells Bustle.