Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Best Time to Shower for Better Sleep

What time do you shower? Your answer could have an effect on how well you sleep.

To sleep like a baby, you should shower at the same time each day. Research shows that older adults who stick to a routine when it comes to personal care tend to fall asleep faster and enjoy better sleep quality compared with folks who have erratic schedules.

Sleep and the Signs of Aging
Sleep quality tends to go down as we get older. It's all due to natural age-related changes that are out of our control and affect the sleep/wake cycle. And it's probably why more than 50 percent of older adults report suffering from insomnia. But here's a way to sleep better as the years go by: Stick to a schedule. Not only with daily activities -- like bathing, dressing, and eating -- but also with weekly ones -- like shopping, cleaning, and meeting up with friends. Doing so may help reinforce circadian cycles. (Trouble sleeping? Get to the "why" behind sleep problems with this quick quiz.)

Keep It Regular
In the study, keeping on schedule with daily activities had a slightly bigger impact on improving sleep than did sticking to a routine with weekly activities -- probably because daily activities are often integrated into nightly bedtime routines. Once you get yourself on a schedule, use these additional strategies to sleep more soundly:

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