It feels good to go to bed perfectly clean after taking a long hot shower. But from a medical point of view, showering before bed is not the best way to get a good night’s sleep. In fact, this seemingly healthy habit may do more harm than good.
At CLAMOTION, we decided to dive into the evidence that showering before bed may not be as relaxing as we once thought.
- You may not be able to fall asleep easily.
Taking a hot bath before your head hits the pillow may seem relaxing, but in reality, it can disrupt your sleep. You’ll rest better when your body temperature is a little lower, and when your body begins to prepare for a good night’s sleep, your temperature drops a little. Taking a hot bath will raise your core body temperature and overwhelm your body. If you feel like you can’t go to bed without a shower, take a tepid shower for an hour or two before you hit the hay.
- It can make your heart race.
If you feel like your heart is beating faster after taking a hot shower, there is actually a scientific explanation for it. Hot water raises blood pressure, and medical experts warn that it can overheat your body and strain your heart. When your heart beats faster, you’ll likely spend the night fluctuating and fluctuating, which can eventually lead to more health problems.
- It may lead to weight gain.
Eating a delicious dinner and taking a hot shower immediately afterward can seem like the perfect way to wrap up the day and finally get to sleep. But in fact, going to the bathroom after eating can overwhelm your digestive system and cause you to gain weight. Digestion requires increased blood flow towards the stomach, and bathing causes blood to flow to other parts of the body. If you feel that you urgently need to take a shower during the day in the evening, it is best to wait at least 30 minutes after a meal.
- It is harmful to your hair.
Blow-drying right before bed and sleeping when your hair is still wet aren’t good for keeping your tresses or your hair healthy. Sleeping with wet hair will make the pillowcase absorb moisture and create a warm, humid environment ideal for harmful bacteria to grow. This in turn may lead to various scalp problems, such as itching, irritation and dandruff.