It is good to take a warm shower before bedtime to improve quality of sleep. But one question arises in mind. What is the best time to take bath?
There are many tips such as daily exercising, changes in diet, avoiding alcohol- you can adopt all ways to improve your sleep pattern.
But you know that warm shower before bedtime can be another sleep remedy. This is because it relaxes your body and tends to drop the temperature of body after bath, which can induce better sleep.
What is Best Time to Take Bath
Preferring Warm shower or bath 1 or 2 hours before bedtime is best. The duration of shower is no longer than 10 minutes to get more benefits.
This way can cool the body down by improving the blood circulation from the core of the body to its periphery- i.e. to the hands and feet.
Taking warm shower at this time before bedtime can improve sleep quality, helping people to fall asleep quickly.
How Study Proved It
Does time of the bath make any difference in sleep pattern? Shahab Haghayegh, a doctoral researcher in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin investigated to find it out and published in journal SLEEP MEDICINE REVIEWS.
For this Haghayegh and colleagues analyzed the data of 5322 studies from databases such as PubMed, Cochran, Medline, Web of Science, PsycInfo and CINAHL.
Researchers reviewed the effects of “Water Based Passive Body Heating” on several factors of sleep quality such as:
- Sleep Onset Latency (SOL): It is how long it takes to fall asleep
- Sleep Efficiency: It is a method to measure sleep that divides the time a person asleep by they spend in bed minus SOL
- Subjective Sleep Quality
- Total sleep Time
- Slow Wave Sleep: It is the deepest phase of sleep.
A warm shower before bedtime may affect your sleep quality: According to Haghayegh. She further added that i take shower every day before bed now.