Bath Benefits: Sleep Better

Unlock Better Sleep with a Hot Bath Before Bed

In today’s fast-paced world, where stress and screens often delay the sandman's visit, the age-old technique of counting sheep might not be enough to lull us into slumber. For those who find themselves tossing and turning, searching for sleep’s embrace, there is a soothing solution that combines tradition with scientific backing: a relaxing hot bath before bed.

At BAVE, we’ve long championed the benefits of a pre-bedtime soak, and it turns out, science is on our side. A meticulous investigation led by Shahab Haghayegh, a diligent PhD candidate in the department of biomedical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has shed light on this practice. The team meticulously reviewed over 5,000 studies to understand the relationship between bathing, water temperature, and sleep quality. The findings are compelling: a ten-minute hot bath, ideally at temperatures between 40° and 43°C (104°-109°F), taken one to two hours before hitting the pillow, can significantly enhance the quality of sleep. Remarkably, this simple ritual was shown to hasten the onset of sleep by up to 36%.

This isn’t just about warmth and relaxation; it’s a dance of physiology and biology. Our sleep-wake cycle and core body temperature are orchestrated by our circadian rhythm. For optimal sleep, our body temperature needs to drop from its peak in the late afternoon and early evening. Although it might seem paradoxical, a hot bath kick-starts our body’s thermoregulatory system, drawing blood to the skin's surface. Upon exiting the bath, this shift facilitates the dissipation of heat into the surrounding air, accelerating the drop in body temperature. This decrease is a signal to our circadian clock that it’s time to rest.

Moreover, the embrace of warm water also cues our brain's pineal gland to start producing melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating sleep, further smoothing the transition into a restful night's sleep.

While the science supports the efficacy of warm water alone, for an enhanced experience that leaves you feeling not just rested but also rejuvenated and reenergised upon awakening, consider adding your preferred BAVE Soaks and Salts to your bath. These additions not only elevate the sensory experience but may also contribute to the overall relaxation and sleep-enhancing benefits of your bedtime ritual. So, next time sleep seems just out of reach, remember that a hot bath may just be the bridge to the restful night you’ve been dreaming of.