Do you like to shower in the morning or before bed? We all have our preferences, but it turns out that there’s actually some surprising science behind the time of day you choose to get soaped up…
1. Showering in the morning
According to science, if you’ve got a tough week at work ahead, go for a morning shower – it’s the best time to get those ideas formulated.
The shower helps your mind and body to enter a relaxed (but still alert) state of mind, kind of like when you’re meditating or doing exercise. When you’re in this state, your cognitive processes relax, renew and regenerate, letting all those genius ideas bubble to the surface. Win!
‘If you were to come up with a problem that you wanted to solve creatively, and you were working and working on it and couldn’t come up with a solution, then you could put it on the back burner of your mind and allow it to stew there while unconscious processes mull it over,’ Shelley Carson, Ph.D., a psychology lecturer at Harvard University, told Greatist.
Also, if you’re rubbish at shaving your legs, morning showers are the best option for you. This is because our bodies have a surge of clot-forming platelets from 6am to midday, meaning any razor knicks stop bleeding quicker. Who knew?
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2. Evening soaks
Why should you shower in the evening? Well, if you have trouble nodding off, it can do wonders to helping you get to sleep.
‘That rapid cooling after you get out of the shower or out of the bath tends to be a natural sleep inducer. So it’s a nice way to fool your body into thinking it’s time to go to bed’, says Christopher Winter, M.D., a fellow at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Relaxing nighttime showers also help to reduce cortisol aka. stress levels, which also helps you to fall asleep.
And there’s another thing. For great skin, shower before bed. Our face produces the most oil at around 1pm, so you could be more prone to acne flare-ups if you don’t wash it off before bed. Our bodies also attract dirt and oil from environmental pollutants throughout the day, and if you go to sleep without showering, it can clog your pores.
Time to re-think your lathering routine?