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5 Reasons to Bathe in the Evening

When I was a little girl living on a dairy farm, we all bathed at the end of the day, all 6 kids and Mom and Dad. We were dirty... like really dirty. It seems logical to clean your body before getting into bed, but few of us do. Here are some very good reasons, besides removing dirt, to bathe before bedtime.


Reduces Viral and Bacterial Exposure: During the day pathogenic viruses and bacteria collect on your hair and skin. Unless you wash them off with warm water and a non-toxic soap (see EWG.org Skin Deep Database), you bring them to bed and deposit them on your pillow and sheets. These unwanted bedfellows are now in a prime position to enter your body and cause harm.


May Reduce Some Allergic Reactions and Skin Conditions: During the day, you walk through pollen, airborne chemicals and pollutants. They gather in your hair and on your skin. Unless you wash them off, you bring them to bed and deposit them in your sheets, night after night. By the time you wash your sheets, you have amassed a collection.


Improves Sleep: Body temperature is a key component in regulating your circadian rhythm. This inner clock is your wake/sleep cycle. A warm up and then cool down before sleep can help bring on sleep. Researchers have found that a toasty warm bath or shower taken 1 to 2 hours before bedtime improves sleep quality. Try to avoid bright lights and blue light during your bathing. Red light and dim light in the evening are part of proper sleep hygiene.

Relaxes Muscle Tension: Wash away your troubles. Daily stress causes muscle tension throughout your body. A shower triggers your hormones that help you relax and improve your mood.


Provides an Energetic Release: As you wash away the pollutants, allergens, pathogenic bacteria and viruses with your shower water, so too goes some of the discordant energy that you collected during your day. By visualizing this release and flow down the drain during your shower, the effect is amplified. This helps with mood, perspective and energetic balance.


"A morning shower helps me wake up." If you need a shower to wake up, you need better sleep quality and, perhaps, quantity. It is time to take a serious look at your sleep hygiene and diet.


The morning shower is a habit. You could try bathing in the evening and splashing cold water on your face in the morning. Perhaps you may need to dampen your hair for styling. You can do this. Your body will thank you for it.


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