It is already the 21st century, but yet there are still many big questions that we have failed to arrive at an answer.
No, I’m not talking about deep things like whether the Big Bang Theory is real or the answer to Hamlet’s “to be or not to be”.
I’m talking more of like “did the egg or the chicken come first”, but a little bit more practical to our daily lives.
Is a morning shower or a night shower better?
We all know that the most basic reason for taking a shower is to keep ourselves clean. But did you know there are scientific reasons that can support when you should take a bath?
In this article, we’re going to delve deeper into the true benefits of a morning shower.
If you’re a night shower-er, don’t be driven away; there are benefits to showering at night too!
Who doesn’t love a change of bedsheets? Nothing beats the feeling of jumping into a bed of clean sheets after a long day of work.
But do you know how clean…or rather, how dirty your bedsheets are?
According to Dr Gary Goldenberg, an American dermatologist and professor, we tend to perspire at night (no big surprise thanks to the SG weather).
All this sweat will then be absorbed into our sheets, quite invisible to the human eyes. While we are asleep, the sweat and bacteria then transfer onto our skin.
So if you don’t want these dirty things on your body the whole day, a morning shower is the answer.
Oh, and you might wanna think twice about sniffing into your sheets.
Do you always get shocked when you look into the mirror first thing in the morning?
Yea, I know, pimples love to appear overnight, and I guess that has something to do with the previous point to a certain extent.
As we all know, excessive oils on the face are spells acne. Other than washing off the ‘dirty things’ from your bed, a cold shower in the morning can help to balance the natural oil levels on your skin.
If you have acne-prone skin, this is a great beauty tip that you should try out soon!
Yen Reis, founder of Skin Laundry, supports this by saying that a morning shower can also help to wake up our skin cells that have been relaxed while we were asleep.
He also added that lukewarm water is the best for taking a morning shower; if the water is too hot, it would be especially bad for those with dry and sensitive skin.
Aside from facing toxic people every day (yes, we all face that), our body takes in other kinds of toxins too. They may come from the food we eat and even the air we breathe in.
To prevent these harmful things from taking a long-term stay in our body, we should take a cold shower in the morning.
The cold shower can stimulate blood and also stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluids in our body. This, in turn, helps to clean our body from the toxins.
4. Helps you to think better
Those working as creatives, or simply just like to think too much, would appreciate this tip.
A morning shower is actually a prime time to ‘meditate’ and think through your plans for the day.
Harvard psychology lecturer Shelly Carson explains that this is because we are in a “relaxed-yet-alert” alpha brainwave state.
It’s actually a good time to come up with fresh ideas because our minds are actually ‘in a clean state’, unless you had a very puzzling dream.
In comparison, we spend most of our time in a night shower thinking of what we could have done better, or not have done during the day.
I’m not some doctor, but I do know the benefits of a good blood circulation.
Most important of all, a stable blood circulation helps to bring various nutrients in our body to the parts that need them.
So when your blood ain’t flowing well, it could lead to severe effects like hypertension and varicose veins.
One of the common way to treat irregular blood flow hydrotherapy, which is the usage of water in therapy.
That’s why a morning shower can actually be beneficial to our health, especially if you’ve been lying on a certain part of your body the whole night, blocking blood flow.
Again, I’m not a doctor, but it is a widely-known fact that white blood cells help us to heal and fight off sickness.
Nobody knows why, but whoever created the human body decided to make the morning a prime time for our body to produce new white blood cells.
And morning showers are just the perfect tool, as it increases immunity in our body, hence stimulating it to do its job and come up with new white blood cells.
I would be honest, I was kinda surprised when I read about this. Who would have thought that a morning shower can have anything to do with conceiving?
Recent research has proven that a man will produce tremendously more sperms when he takes cold morning showers for a week.
Also, cold showers tend to trigger testosterone.
If you and your partner have been trying very hard to conceive, perhaps this method would work!
Can you believe that morning showers have healing abilities as well?
Anyone with the flu or a cough would know how uncomfortable the throat it is when you wake up.
That’s when a hot shower comes and save the day! The steam from a hot morning shower can soothe your throat and loosen up the phlegm.
If you have the time to spare, try taking an aromatherapy shower with eucalyptus oil. It is known to strengthen the effects on the throat as well as relieve any sore muscles.
All in all, there isn’t a clear answer as to which is best, morning or night showers. But what we can be sure is that both are beneficial in their own ways and that you won’t die if you only shower in the day/night.
It’s up to you to decide if it’s worth it to make changes to your lifestyle!
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