We have already mentioned in several articles what are the negative repercussions that lack of sleep and incomplete rest brings. A healthy person will spend about a third of their life sleeping, but with the current dizzying pace and irregular schedules that exist, they force us to lead an unhealthy lifestyle, therefore it is very easy to fall into sleep habits that result counterproductive.

The lack of sleep is linked to increased levels of stress and many health problems. New research shows that body temperature around bedtime can actually have a significant effect on sleep quality. But a simple shower might be all it takes to raise your quality of sleep to a whole new level, ideally done in the evening before bed.

The relationship between body temperature and sleep

When we fall asleep, our internal body temperature will drop slightly. This process will really start when you start to feel tired. After falling asleep, your body usually reaches its lowest temperature about four hours later.

The ambient temperature in the room can have an effect on how easily you fall asleep. Research has shown that the ideal room temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit (15.6 to 20 degrees Celsius), so it may be advisable to use air conditioning or some other form of indoor climate control to maintain the temperature. room a little cooler than the rest of the house while you sleep. Of course, this is not always an option and the advantage is that a good shower , according to recent research, can  help you fall asleep and maintain a longer rest.

A shower and sleep

Scientists have recently discovered that taking a hot shower in the afternoon can result in deeper sleep, resulting in a more restful sleep. The reason for this seems to be because your body temperature rises. As your body temperature drops, your body will start to feel tired, as your body interprets a declining internal temperature as a sign that it’s time to go to sleep soon.

When is it advisable to do it?

It is important to take the shower at the right time. Taking a hot shower minutes before bed will delay the process, and it will take more time to cool down and fall asleep. Internal body temperature is related to circadian rhythms, which play an important role in helping the body know when it is time to go to sleep.

Showering a little earlier will give you plenty of time for your body to start the sleep cycle at just the right time. According to a recent report, you should make sure to shower about 90 minutes before your normal bedtime.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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