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Should You Shower Before Bed or in the Morning?

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You may have a set morning and night routine, but that doesn't mean they complement your lifestyle. If you wake up tired or have trouble falling asleep, you might want to consider making some tweaks to your rituals. A shower could help you relax after a long day, or it could wake you up when you're having issues getting into your morning stride. Which is better for you? It might help to figure out what time of day you're most productive.

Night Owl
If you're the kind of person who likes to stay up late and wake up late, you might be better off showering at night. Not only will it buy you some time the next morning, but it could also help you relax. Sometimes, you know you should get to bed but you're just not tired. A warm shower or bath can make you feel cozy and ready for sleep. In fact, the National Institutes of Health explained that the drop in body temperature after getting out of a hot bath can cause you to feel especially sleepy. Allow yourself an hour or so to bathe and unwind before hitting the hay so you can properly relax. After all, it would defeat the whole purpose of a soothing nighttime shower if you're rushing through it to get to bed on time.

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Early Bird
On the other hand, some people have no issues waking up - in fact, they prefer it. If this sounds like you, try working a shower into your morning ritual. Your schedule likely forces you to go to bed earlier, so don't waste any time at night in the shower or bath. Since you typically have more time in the morning to devote to tackling items on your to-do list, you can slow down and make the most of your shower. Shaving when your skin is soft and your pores are open gives you a closer shave, meaning you'll be more than ready to take on the day.