Ok so you’ve had a hard day in the office. It’s been none stop all day and you’re now back home. What’s one of the best ways to relax while benefitting your health? ….A bath. In fact a hot bath in the evening is a great way to prepare the body for a good night’s sleep. Especially as the nights are now getting colder.
A Hot Bath is Relaxing
Primarily, it has been proven that the warmth of the water soothes and helps relax tired and aching muscles and tensed nerves. A good night’s sleep is associated with a host of health benefits, from immune system strength to better pain recovery, and a hot bath before bed has been proven as a good way to ensure that you drift off to sleep without too much difficulty. This is down to temperature adjustment and hormones.
Got a Cold Coming on or a Headache? Take a Bath
The steam of a hot bath can dry out the mucus accumulating in our throat, which is one of the most common reasons for ongoing coughing. In addition, a hot bath can also alleviate symptoms of the flu. Taking a 10-15 minute hot-soak-break can really help you feel better while your body is getting rid of the disease.
Most types of headaches are caused by the narrowing of blood vessels in the head. The positive effect of the hot water on our blood vessels can be used to alleviate the pressure on those blood vessels and cure your headache.
Good for Wellbeing
It has been found that a daily bath, usually at the end of the day, can significantly improve your mood and optimism, this has been attributed to a combination of bodily comfort, warmth, isolation, and body positioning.
Relaxing in a hot bath means we feel better physically, we get more confident in ourselves, a time to look at challenges ahead and decide on the best course of action. A hot tub is a great way to reduce daily anxiety as well due to relaxation.
When you come out of a warm bath into a cooler bedroom, your body temperature will drop. That drop in temperature signals your body that it’s time to rest, slowing down essential metabolic functions including heart rate, breathing, and digestion.
A FEW IMPORTANT NOTES:
Despite all the advantagesplease be aware of the following notes…
- The water isn’t too hot. The key to a good relaxing bath is being absolutely comfortable
- You don’t soak for more than 15-20 minutes each time
- If you have a heart condition, consult with your doctor about taking hot baths
- That you take something cold to drink with you, because we tend to sweat in a hot bath and can get dehydrated
- You’re not pregnant! Pregnant women are not advised to take hot baths.