We all love hot showers and hot baths. They feel awesome, seem relaxing and your muscles love it.
Problem is if you shower before bedtime, a hot shower actually invigorates you preventing healthy solid sleep.
Heat stimulates the sympathetic nervous system which is the fight or flight nervous system. This ramps you up and prevents you from falling asleep.
What you may want to do:
If you love your hot showers, take them! However, the last few minutes of your hot shower, flip the temperature to neutral meaning not hot and not cold. Stand under the cool water and let it flow down you. If you let yourself be present with your body at this moment, you will actually feel relaxed.
Then go lay down and enjoy a restful sleep.
Hot bath lover?
Take your hot bath at least one hour or more before sleep. This will allow your nervous system to calm down and allow you to sleep. A health tip: fill your bath with the door open and/or window open in the bathroom. Chlorine is a volatile g...Read More
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