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Don’t forget the clocks this ‘National Sleep In Day’

It’s that time of year again. The clocks go back this Sunday, October 28th, marking the official start of the UK wintertime. So we can look forward to darker, colder evenings from now on…

But the good news is we get an extra hour in bed on Sunday morning! And because of this, Sunday has officially been named ‘National Sleep In Day’ – so make sure you enjoy that extra hour with no guilt!

Did you know that around a third of us don’t get enough sleep each night? We spoke before about the various health benefits of warm showers, but we’d like to focus on sleep for this post, because sleep is so important. And in line with our previous post, we’d like to share with you the benefits of having a warm shower before bed, and the fantastic effects it has on improving your sleep and helping you to feel completely rested.

These two have no trouble sleeping…

A warm shower, which is usually defined as between 35 and 40 degrees Celsius, will relax you and relieve stress – two major challenges of a good night’s sleep. The combination of the warm water and steam created by the shower warms our body temperature and this starts to induce us into sleep mode. Adding lavender essential oil, as  it is a natural relaxant, will help to relax you even further.

Once the shower is finished and you’ve left the warm, steamy bathroom and entered the cooler bedroom, your body temperature will naturally start to cool down. This process of cooling the temperature of the body will incite drowsiness and aids the process of falling asleep. Plus, feeling clean and refreshed after a nice shower makes us feel more relaxed anyhow, once again, helping to encourage sleep.

If you have trouble sleeping, one of the best things you can do is to try and get into a bedtime routine (think about how we encourage children to have a warm bath before bedtime). This will condition your body and mind to start to relax and you should find falling asleep much easier.

Today’s modern showers, such as thermostatic mixer showers, have made showering an even more relaxing and easy experience for us. The thermostatic valves in modern mixer showers constantly control the temperature of the water and prevent unpleasant temperature fluctuations when water is used elsewhere in the home (like someone flushing the toilet or washing the dishes). Similarly, through the use of illuminated flashing lights, digital showers, like those found in our digital shower range, intelligently advise users when the optimum water temperature has been reached and the shower is ready to go.

If you have problems sleeping, as well as having a warm shower bed, The Sleep Council has the following advice:

  • Get into a sleep routine – going to bed and getting up at approximately the same time each day will help the body to sleep better.
  • Create a peaceful and calming environment – make sure the bedroom is used only for rest and sleep and lose the TV, laptop and mobile. The room should also be kept as quiet and dark as possible and the temperature of the room shouldn’t be too hot or too cold – between 16 and 18 degrees is ideal.
  • The most important part of the bedroom, the bed, should be comfortable and supportive, and not too soft, hard or old.
  • Regular exercise has been shown to relieve stress, and activities such as swimming and walking can help to aid sleep patterns. Exercise should be avoided just before bedtime as it may have the opposite desired effect.
  • Reduce the amount of stimulants, like tea and coffee, which contain caffeine, in the evening as they can interfere with sleep. A hot milky drink or herbal tea before bed is preferable.
  • Undertake some relaxing activities, such as yoga or listening to peaceful music, before going to bed.
  • If daily stresses are interfering with sleep, make a list of tasks ‘to do’ the next day.

And don’t forget the clocks this Sunday!

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The Benefits of Warm Showers

Taking showers of temperatures between 35 – 40 degrees have been shown to have significant health benefits. Not only does it feel great to have a lovely, warm, shower, it can also do wonders for your muscles, joints and overall body condition. Here are some of the benefits of warm showers:

Cleanse the Skin

This is the primary reason for taking warm showers. Hot water and steam open the pores on your skin making it easier to clean them of dirt and impurities. Following a warm shower with a cold rinse afterwards will close the pores and refresh your skin.

Improve your Circulation

Warm water has shown benefits for treating muscular and joint pain – often associated with arthritis and muscle strains. The warm temperature of the water can stimulate blood flow and circulation whilst also loosening muscles, tendons and joints to ease pain and reduce inflammation. A hot shower will not cure the problem completely, but spending 5 minutes under warm water will have some positive effects, plus it’s cheaper and more convenient than a massage and more holistic than some medical treatments.

Stress Relief

Taking a warm shower for 10 minutes will calm you down, relax your body and distress your mind – perfect if you’re suffering from stress or having a bad day. Taking a warm shower before bedtime can also help aid sleep, and is a good idea for anyone suffering from insomnia or lack of sleep. Adding lavender oil can also help aid benefits as it is a natural relaxant.

Using essential oils can help to create a ‘spa-like’ feel to your bathroom

Cold & Cough Relief

Steam can have a positive effect on colds, coughs and sore throats as it loosens phlegm and mucus that can cause discomfort. The additional of essential oils, such as eucalyptus oil, to your skin can help you breathe more easily. A hot shower can also help to relieve body aches that can be associated with illness.

Sleep Problems & Insomnia

A warm shower before bedtime can do wonders for helping encourage sleep. The warm water and steam can help to induce your body into sleep mode by altering your body temperature. After warming yourself in the shower, your body temperature will start to cool down after you enter your bedroom. This change in body temperature incites drowsiness and will help you fall asleep much easier. In addition, the feeling of being clean and refreshed will make you more relaxed and help you to sleep better. Regularly taking warm showers before bed will condition your body into a bedtime routine. Make sure that your shower is warm rather than too hot. Hot showers can actually increase your metabolic rate and rather than relax you, this will energize you.

So, next time you’re feeling stressed-out or run-down, head towards the shower!

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