Why a warm bath before bed helps you sleep – according to science.
Having trouble sleeping? It’s time to start scheduling in some serious soak time. Research has found that a warm bath before bed will not only help you to sleep better, but also fall asleep faster.
Let us explain.
Science has established that sleep and your core temperature is regulated by your circadian clock. Your body temperature goes up and down during a 24-hour window, and you are around two to three degrees warmer in the early evening. Around bedtime, your body becomes cooler, reaching the lowest level between the mid-span of night time sleep, and starts to rise again as we prepare to wake up.
So what does this mean?
Your body temperature needs to drop to initiate good sleep. When you settle into a warm tub, your body temperature rises, bringing the heat from the core to the surface, which then results in a cooler body for bed. A bath-time soak before bed speeds up this temperature cycle which then affects your circadian rhythm, signalling to the body that it’s time for sleep.
According to researchers, bathing for around an hour before bed does the trick to help you get your best quality sleep. It helps you fall asleep an average of 10 minutes faster than normal. Sounds like bliss? Try it out and let us know how it works for you! Don’t forget to add your magnesium flakes for the ultimate, deep relaxation float. Your body will thank you. Cancel your plans for counting sheep, instead, you’re going to float your way to slumberland.
Love your sleep? Us too. If you’re tossing and turning all night instead of getting some much-loved shut-eye, it might be time to invest in a pillow spray.
Typically infused with calming aromatherapy properties such as lavender and chamomile, these sprays are becoming well known for their ability to calm users into a deep and restful sleep, leaving them waking up feeling fully rested. Sign us up!
The temperature of the pillow spray can also play a big role in sleep as well - it turns out keeping a cool head during the night helps the body to regulate its core temperature. By transferring the heat through to the pillow, our bodies cool down and allow us to sleep more deeply. Our top tip? Pop your pillow spray in the fridge for a chilled spray and even deeper slumber.
Sleep, studying and scents. Do you know someone who is studying? Tell them they need to stop and smell the roses.
Recent studies have revealed that a floral scent can help you retain information! Don’t believe us? We’ve got the studies to prove it. Scientists studying how sleep affects memory have found that the whiff of a familiar scent can help a slumbering brain better remember things that it learned the evening before. The smell of roses — delivered to people’s nostrils as they studied and, later, as they slept — improved their performance on a memory test by about 13 percent.
When hitting the books and taking in new knowledge, we suggest using a floral scented roll-on, applying it again just before bedtime and then again when it comes to test time. Try to get a roll-on that also contains magnesium, so you’re getting not only the memory recall effects, but the calming and relaxation properties from the magnesium.