A hot shower after a hectic day automatically makes us feel relaxed and fresh. There are many who prefer getting under the shower, instead of scrolling their smartphones to get their mind off from whatever is bothering. Since the hot water feels so therapeutic, there are many who love spending time in their bathrooms. And, if you are one of those, we have some happy news for you that will make you more excited about your daily shower routine.
A recent study published in the journal of ‘Heart’ suggested that taking a hot shower regularly not only freshen up one’s mind but is also great for heart’s health and is linked to a lower risk of mortality. Exciting right? Not only this has the study also recommended that the more you shower the better it is for your cardiovascular health. This means not just once or twice a week, but you should relax by taking a hot shower regularly.
“We found that frequent tub bathing was significantly associated with a lower risk of hypertension, suggesting that a beneficial effect of tub bathing on risk of [cardiovascular disease] may in part be due to a reduced risk of developing hypertension,” said the study, which also talked about its long term impact. There are chances that one may risk his or her heart health, including heart attack, stroke, death, and sudden cardiac death.
The researchers also conducted a study on around 43,000 people, which showed in comparison to once or twice weekly bath or no bath, a regular hot bath was linked with 28 per cent lower overall risk of heart disease along with 26 per cent lower overall risk of stroke. In layman language, the number of times a person takes shower wasn’t linked with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death. The study also said that, “this is an observational study, and as such, can’t establish cause, added to which changes in bathing frequency weren’t tracked during the monitoring period.”
Besides, there is another study that talked about water-based passive body heating, or showering, which leads to improved sleep quality. The study was conducted by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, who found that taking bath for 1-2 hours before bedtime can significantly improve sleep.
“Meta-analytical tools were used to assess the consistency between relevant studies and showed that an optimum temperature of between 104 and 109 degrees Fahrenheit improved overall sleep quality. When scheduled 1-2 hours before bedtime, it can also hasten the speed of falling asleep by an average of 10 minutes,” said the study published in the journal of ‘Sleep Medicine Reviews’.