Some people like to shower at night and some like to shower in the morning. You'd think it was all based on preference. It just happens to turn out that medical experts who study sleep have found that showering at night might help you sleep better.
"Showering or taking a bath prior to bedtime can help improve sleep quality and help you to fall asleep faster. The key is in the timing: Showering 1.5-2 hours before bed will warm your body and then also allow you to experience a more pronounced dip in body temperature, which promotes sleep,” says Elizabeth Culnan, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Rush University Medical Center.
I never really thought about it like that. I just thought it was good to be fresh and ready to go on with your day in the morning. I might have to try switching things up in the future. And also it has to deal with hotter weather and we know that is true for sure here in Arizona!
“In hotter weather, it may be difficult to get the natural drop in body temperature needed for good sleep—that’s where the shower or bath can help,” Mia Finkelston, MD, a board-certified family physician who treats patients via telehealth app LiveHealth Online. “This drop in body temperature causes our body to slow down our heart rate, breathing rate, and digestion—getting our bodies into the perfect rhythm for optimal sleep.”