Have you ever tried a nice warm shower before bed? Did you notice you had a good sleep after taking a night bath? Well, experts say there's a reason why a shower at night can help you drift off -- you just have to time it right.
Researchers say, to sleep fast, the key is not to hit the shower too late at night. Showering earlier in the evening gives your body a chance to cool off and can even trigger sleep.
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“You don’t want to heat yourself up right before bed,” says Dr. Dianne Augelli in a statement
. Dr. Augelli is from the Center for Sleep Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
The body temperature plays an important part in regulating circadian rhythm, which is responsible for our sleep.
“Cooling down is a signal that tells us we’re supposed to go to sleep,” she says. Meaning, interrupting this process can make it harder to fall asleep.
According to studies, warming your body by taking a bath can help induce sleep when there’s enough time to cool off afterward. Though past researches have focused on baths, a 20-minute shower would have similar effects, says Shelby Harris, director of behavioral sleep medicine at New York’s Montefiore Medical Center.
Thus, if you want to get to dreamland faster, time your shower. Make sure you do about an hour and a half before you hit the sack. The time you lay down in bed, your body will be cool, dry and ready for sleep.