But those of us who prefer to end the day with a relaxing hot shower say they couldn’t possibly get into bed dirty and they sleep much better as a result.
Who’s right though?
It turns out, the evening washers. Of course, if you want to shower in the morning there’s nothing to stop you, but you should absolutely shower before bed.
If you like to shower in the morning, do it. But definitely shower at night. It’s so important to go to bed clean, and it separates the day from the night.
And if you’ve been wearing sandals, you should at the very least wash your feet before hitting the sheets.
However there are health benefits to both morning and evening washing. A morning shower allows for time to meditate and regroup before starting a long or hectic day. This mindfulness can decrease inflammation in the skin by keeping levels of a hormone called cortisol capped.
Our skin is at its best after your skin routine is done first thing in the morning. This is prior to facing any free radicals, sun, dirt or debris, which inevitably attack our skin the minute we walk out the door.
Skin cells, having relaxed overnight, are stimulated by a morning shower and Reis says this is particularly important for combination, oily or acne-prone skin. Don’t make the water too hot though: lukewarm water is best, while a morning shower can make your skin appear healthier, a too-hot shower can have the opposite effect, specifically for dry and sensitive skin.
Despite this, experts say nighttime showers have many benefits for your skin too - it’s important to remove all the makeup, oil, dirt and pollutants that have accumulated on your skin throughout the day.
Skin benefits aside though, perhaps the best argument in the case for showering before bed is how it affects the quality of your sleep.
A nighttime shower is an integral part of your ‘preparing for bed’ routine. It’s time for you - no phone, no emails, just the luxury of fresh, warm water flowing over your body. Call it an opportunity to shower yourself with mindfulness!
Again, lukewarm water is ideal because it relaxes the body without putting you at risk of overheating in bed.