If you’re like most people, the time of day that you shower is probably less of a specific choice and more of a result of your schedule: you just squeeze in a shower whenever you have a chance. (Clean is clean regardless of what time it is, right?) But if you want to get the most out of your shower, you might want to start penciling it in at a specific time. Check out these guidelines for identifying whether you’re better off as a night showerer or a morning one, then set your schedule accordingly, and lather, rinse, repeat.
You’re a morning shower candidate if…
You are not a morning person
If you aren’t a morning person, a shower straight out of bed is an awesome wakeup call and can save you from depending on coffee. Showering in the a.m. helps reduce grogginess so you can be a bit more alert and lively before taking on the real world. Plus, if you turn the knob to cold water for the last few minutes of your shower, it may actually make you even more alert throughout the day.
You have to look most presentable in the morning
A morning shower is always a good option if the early hours are when you need to look the most presentable. Start your day bedhead-free with newly washed hair and oil-free skin while feeling totally refreshed.
You work in a creative environment/field
If creativity is central to your field of work, you should get those creative juices flowing with a morning shower. As part of the psychological creativity process, an a.m. shower can help spark and mentally organize ideas. This way, you arrive to work extra prepared for your busy day.
You tend to accidentally cut yourself shaving
Every day, between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m., your body experiences a spike in tiny blood cells known as platelets. The platelets clot and function as a stopper to block bleeding and eventually start to heal. This helps you control the bloody consequences of your unfortunate razor slip-up.
You prefer morning workouts
Some people prefer working out in the morning because that’s when they feel most motivated. No one wants to spend the day with sticky sweat covering their skin, so a morning shower is a must if you love your a.m. sweat-session.
You’re a night shower candidate if…
You sometimes have a hard time falling asleep.
You should take your nighttime shower 1.5-2 hours before bed so that your body has enough time to cool down. Your body temperature is naturally lower in the evening, and the cooling effect that occurs after you get out of the shower can help induce sleep.
You feel stress build up over the course of the day.
An evening shower is a great way to relax after a long and tiring day. Showers can help lower cortisol levels, which is a hormone connected to stress and anxiety. By decreasing the amount of cortisol released in your body, you are able to reduce stress, making it easier to fall asleep with a calm and clear mind.
You suffer from skin issues such as acne or dry skin.
Your skin accumulates dirt and oil throughout the day, and you don’t want to spread those germs when your head hits the pillow. A nighttime shower is beneficial for skin issues because it helps clear your pores before bed so that you can keep your pillowcase clean night after night.
You like to sleep in.
If you find yourself pressing the snooze button as soon as you hear your alarm, then a shower after dark may be your best option. Set your alarm for a little later and give yourself the luxury of some extra shut-eye in the morning by showering as part of your nighttime routine.
You are a germaphobe.
A nighttime shower has the potential to improve hygiene since you are totally washing off the day. This way, you are squeaky clean when you hop into bed, leaving your sheets fresher for nights to come.
You prefer to work out in the evening.
If you love a good evening workout you should definitely shower before climbing into bed. No one wants sweaty sheets, so showering after the sun goes down is absolutely your best decision.
Now that you’ve figured out your shower schedule, try reBloom to maximize your snooze and help you fall into a deep restful sleep no matter when you suds up.