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.
2Use Shower Time To Meditate
Showering before bed can also serve as a meditative ritual before sleep. “The shower can be a great place to relax and unwind and be mindful of the amazing sensation of water,” says Dr. Dimitriu. “Ideally, this is an ‘off switch’ for the rest of the night, with no more electronics or screens after.” Creating a bedtime routine can help get your body and mind in the right mindset for sleep. “If showering right before bed is something you do on a routine basis, it can help synchronize your bedtime with your internal clock and help ease you into sleep,” says Dr. Kansagra.