(PRWEB UK) 25 October 2012
The stresses of modern daily lives mean that many people do not achieve enough sleep. In fact, according to research conducted by the British Heart Foundation, around one in three people do not get enough sleep, despite the health benefits associated with a good nights’ sleep. One way to improve sleep and feel completely rested, is to take a warm shower before bedtime.
The benefits of warm showers
Warm showers have been shown to have several health benefits in addition to making us feel cleansed and refreshed. These health benefits include easing stress and tension, clearing congestion and improving circulation. Another benefit from taking a warm shower before bed time is improved sleep patterns, which can help those who suffer with insomnia and sleep problems.
A warm shower is defined as being between 35 – 40 degrees Celsius. Anything hotter can actually increase the metabolic rate, and rather than encouraging relaxation and stress-relief, will invigorate and energize. The warm water and steam created by the shower induce the body into sleep mode by warming the body temperature. Then, after finishing the shower and entering the bedroom, our body temperature starts to cool down. This incites drowsiness and aids the process of falling asleep. Taking regular warm showers before bed will condition the body and mind into a bedtime routine, which should help to ease sleep problems and insomnia.
Warm showers have also been shown to provide stress relief, which can be linked to sleep problems. Adding essential oils to your shower, such as lavender oil, which is a natural relaxant, can also help to relieve stress and aid sleep.
Modern day showers, such as thermostatic mixer showers have made showering an even more relaxing and easy experience. The thermostatic valves in modern mixer showers constantly control the temperature of the water and prevent unpleasant temperature fluctuations when water is used elsewhere in the home. Similarly, through the use of illuminated flashing lights, digital showers, such as Gainsborough’s digital range, intelligently advise users when the optimum water temperature has been reached and the shower is ready to go.
In addition to a warm shower before bed, The Sleep Council also recommends the following advice for a good night’s sleep: