A discussion in our insomnia help forums has been developing for quite a while now. Basically, one member finds that exercise makes it more difficult for her to fall asleep (even though she is exercising early in the day). Another member finds hot showers just before bed make falling asleep a little easier.
This started a debate about a potential link between sleep and body temperature. Naturally, I had to do a little digging - and here is what I found.
According to a study published in the journal Sleep, cooling down before bed may benefit insomniacs. Additional research undertaken by New York Hospital’s Cornell Medical Center in White Plains found that body temperature drops two hours before the onset of sleep.
The researchers in the latter study concluded that by taking a hot bath (or shower) 90 minutes before bed, the consequent drop in body temperature may help you fall asleep faster - therefore, there may be something in one of our member's claims that a hot shower helps her sleep.
So maybe we shouldn't be biting the head off everyone who suggests that all we need to cure our insomnia is a hot bath before bed - but then again...
Source: Open PR
Last updated: May 8, 2013