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Tired but can’t sleep? Or sore but for some reason, can’t seem to properly doze off and rest? Perhaps it’s been a particularly stressful day at work, and you want nothing more than to forget the image of your boss screaming at you to finish your reports.

Or perhaps it was gym day, you’re beat, and you just want to rest all your muscles because you know you’ll be even sorer in the morning. Or maybe insomnia just paid you another unwarranted visit, and now you’re still wide awake despite lying in bed for a couple hours.

Then maybe it’s time to get up, and get a hot bath.

Truth is, you’ve probably heard this before: that warm baths are a well-known remedy for people that can’t seem to fall asleep. According to popular beliefs, the magic of it lies in the temperature, because warm water apparently relaxes our body, and that our core temperature usually drops after a bath.

While that is all good however, a new study reveals that soaking in warm water before bed acts as a signal to our brain’s pineal gland to start producing melatonin, which is also known as our sleep hormone. This, according to research, is why warm baths help us finally doze off to dreamland.

So now that we know it’s really effective, when’s the best time for it?

That’s the question that Shahab Haghayegh, a doctoral researcher in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, tried to answer.

By doing an analysis of over 5,000 studies, he was able to conclude that taking a hot bath or a hot shower is best done 1-2 hours before going to bed. Ideally, the shower duration should not exceed 10 minutes.

Surprisingly enough, hot baths can also help alleviate any body pain. Older people tend to get this from joint injury or arthritis. By taking a warm bath, you can help relax your muscles and reduce any pressure on your joints, such as your knees.

This allows the body to be supported properly, which can then increase circulation and reduce the pain, helping you sleep more peacefully.

Source: Medical Daily

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