Do you have to choose whether to shower before bed or fall early and shower early in the morning? There is a solution, and it is more scientifically based than one might think.
According to a study from Harvard University, you should choose the time to go to the shower, taking into account your characteristics and lifestyle.
YOU SHOULD SHOWER IN THE MORNING IF …
1. You know it's going to be a tough work week.
2. You have to solve difficult problems during this week.
3. You need peak creativity and work potential.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Morning shower stimulates the activity of the brain at a time when it is still quite calm, but already in anticipation of the upcoming tasks.
Shelly Carson, professor of psychology at Harvard University, explains that when our perception is relaxed, pleasurable sensations (including showering) stimulate associative connections and make it easier to find strong solutions to problems than when we think hard about them.
And "Morning is wiser than evening", thus, receives a scientific justification.
YOU SHOULD SHOWER IN THE EVENING IF …
1. You find it difficult to disconnect from the thoughts and experiences of the past day.
2. You find it difficult to relax and fall asleep.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Evening showers help regulate body temperature, relieve nervous tension and make you feel more relaxed, as the rapid cooling of the body after a hot shower triggers natural drowsiness. A relaxing evening shower also lowers levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and helps you ease into dreamland.
As you can see, you don't have to choose between morning and evening once and for all. Just the opposite. The absence of a routine, the alternation of the time of taking a shower, the focus on well-being give the maximum effect for the body. Whether relaxing or active.