If you are one of the roughly two-thirds of Germans who shower every day, you may have asked yourself when is actually the best time. A refreshing shower in the morning or would you prefer a relaxed shower in the evening?
Does it really matter whether I shower in the morning or in the evening? The answer is: it depends on what you intend to do with the shower. “Wash me (stupid question)!” Okay, sure. The washing works – if a little soap is involved – of course in the morning as well as in the evening.
But for those who find it a bit difficult to get into their slippers in the morning, taking a shower in the morning can have another effect: it can wake you up. Provided that you shower (at least in between) with slightly colder water. The cooler water causes the blood vessels to contract and the blood to flow faster. That wakes you up.
Conversely, showering in the evening can make you tired. So if you have trouble falling asleep, give it a try. Warm water is best, because your body temperature first rises when you shower and then slowly falls when you’re done drying yourself. This (i.e. the drop in body temperature) also happens when we get sleepy. With a warm shower in the evening you can fool your body that it is time to go to bed, says at least one American sleep researcher.
Showering in the evening has another advantage: you don’t take the dirt of the day with you to bed. This can be particularly important for allergy sufferers. This is how they leave pollen and other allergens outside of their bedroom. However, some dermatologists also advise non-allergy sufferers to take a shower in the evening. Since sebum production peaks around midday, it’s good to clean your pores again in the evening so they don’t get clogged as easily, according to a US dermatologist.
Some people also claim that the best ideas come to them in the shower. Scientists have also studied this phenomenon. And indeed: Apparently it is more than just a legend. Because supposedly you get into a meditation-like state when you shower – and the solutions to a problem that you have thought about for a long time just pop up like that. But that can happen in the morning shower as well as in the evening. Or at noon. Or not at all.
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The original of this post “Morning, noon, evening? When is the best time to shower” comes from Teleschau.