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October 23, 2019

Having trouble falling asleep? Has someone suggested taking a bath before going to bed to help you fall asleep? Have you found it to work? Here is a brief explanation of why it is believed to work.

Studies have found taking a bath approximately 90 minutes before going to bed triggers the body into the sleep cycle. Our body temperature is lowest when we sleep. By lowing our body temperature, it increases our chances of a better night’s sleep. Taking a bath in approximately 104-109 degree water may seem contradictory to getting the body cooler. However, the warm water causes blood circulation from the internal core to the hands and feet. This blood flow lowers the body temperature, signalling the production of melatonin, preparing the body for sleep. In addition, when we raise our body temperature over 100 degrees, the body naturally works to decrease the temperature.

You may be wondering if a warm shower will have the same effect. While a bath will change your body temperature more quickly and lying down has a different way of relaxing the body, a shower has its benefits as well.

For a low risk, low cost alternative for trying to get to sleep, you might try taking a bath or shower.

To learn more, contact Janell at the Chouteau County Extension Office at 622-3036, or in the green building next to the Chouteau County Courthouse at 1308 Franklin St in Fort Benton.

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