Optimize Your Day with the Perfect Morning Routine

In Japan it has long been a tradition to take steam baths and shower in the evening. Now a recent study suggests that this is a habit that might be worth changing.

A team of researchers at the Chiba University in Kashiwa in Japan has performed a study in order to evaluate the physiological effects of steam baths in the morning. It turned out that those who took their bath in the morning had a lower resting pulse and were better at problem solving during the whole workday that followed, compared to those who took their bath in the evening.

"We compared the effects of three different alternatives; shower, sauna and neither. We were interested in measuring the different effects of different habits on peoples efficiency and on their bodies," the researchers explain on the medical research site PubMed.

Ten people took part in this study and they were monitored for three days. Their pulse, body temperature, brain activity and cognitive skills were measured and compared. It was clear that those who showered in the morning stayed more relaxed, more efficient and performed better on cognitive tests during the whole day that followed.

Source: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25388947/

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