Can A Night Bath Cause Insomnia?

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Hello doctor, I want to ask about bathing at night. this is related to me who often experience insomnia. I can start sleeping at 2 to 3 in the morning. is it good to take a shower at night? and if it is allowed, so that we can sleep quickly, should we shower with cold or warm water? and should you take a shower at bedtime or a few hours before going to bed? thank you

1 Answer:

Hi Frida,

Thank you for asking

There are many factors that often cause a person to experience insomnia (difficulty sleeping). These factors can come from an unfavorable environment, an unhealthy lifestyle, psychological pressure, or certain medical disorders, for example bronchial asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), excessive anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and so on. An in-depth evaluation by a doctor is needed so that the exact cause of the insomnia you are experiencing can be identified properly, so that treatment can be carried out on target.

One effort that can be done to speed up the arrival of drowsiness is to take a bath using warm water. The use of warm water when bathing according to many literatures can help relax tense muscles and brain. As a result, it is hoped that you can feel comfortable, calm, and finally sleepiness appears. After the activity, you should wait a moment so that the body temperature decreases (not too hot and sweaty), then take a shower immediately. There is no benchmark exactly how many hours you should shower before bed. However, you should try not to shower too late at night. Because, environmental conditions that tend to be cold at night can make you feel uncomfortable, shivering, or hot and cold after showering. However, if it is not possible (for example if you work until the evening), then you can take a bath at night using warm water.

In addition to bathing with warm water, you can also take the following steps to overcome insomnia:

Consume more hot drinks
Dim the room lights
Create a bed that is comfortable, clean, fragrant, not noisy, or glare
Don't overeat before bedtime
Do more relaxation
Limit staring at gadgets, especially before bedtime
Avoid taking sleeping pills carelessly

However, if with the above efforts your complaints do not improve, then you should immediately consult a doctor to get the right treatment.

I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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