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Are morning showers or night showers better?
Beep! Beep! Beep! You roll over, turn off your morning alarm and force yourself out from underneath the warmth of your covers. You head to the bathroom and turn your shower nozzle up to a warm water temperature and test it with your hand to see if it’s set to your preferred temperature.
You pull back the shower curtain and hop in the tepid water, now pouring onto your body, where you complete your usual shower routine and then hop back out and prepare yourself for the day ahead of you.
For some, it goes a little bit more like this: after a long day, you’re finally home. You take some time to yourself, finish homework, do chores and relax. Then, you make your way into the bathroom and turn on the water.
The hot water immediately responds and comes out of the shower head. You then put yourself in the warm, cleansing, relaxing water. You wash your hair and body then exit the shower.
You could do either of those routines, but really… which one is the better choice? Morning or night showers?
For freshman Tori Smith, night showers are the clear choice.
“I take them at night. It’s more convenient for me so that I don’t have to wake up earlier than I already have to,” she said.
Freshman Paige Snider feels differently about this.
“I take them in the morning, normally. It helps me wake up and I’m too tired at night to take them,” she said.
For Alyssa Cameron, freshman, her routine is not as strict.
“I take showers both because sometimes I’m too tired to take them at night, so I take them in the morning. Or sometimes I just wake up and feel like I need to take a shower,” she said.
Some make the argument that taking a shower in the morning adds a lot of time. Snider and Cameron have a response to this.
Cameron said “It obviously adds time, because it takes a certain amount of time to shower and then you have to comb your hair or brush it or put mousse in it, but I think that all and all it makes you go faster in the morning cause after your shower, you’re ready to go. Whereas if you don’t shower, you’re moving slowly, so overall it does add time, but in the long run it doesn’t.”
Cameron has similar views to Snider.
“They would if I let them, but my mom usually yells at me and is like ‘Get out! I need to wash my hair!’ so then I get out. Sometimes it adds time, but it usually doesn’t,” she said.
Morning or night, sports may have some impact on these morning versus night shower choices.
“If I get home after track and I’m super sweaty, then obviously I’ll take a shower at night,” Snider said.
Regardless of preference, there are benefits to both morning and night showers.
“You probably get to sleep in a little earlier, if you take showers at night,” Snider said
Cameron takes on an interesting perspective.
“In the morning, you can feel fresh and it wakes you up,” said Cameron.
Is there a difference in sleep amount for those who take night showers and those who take morning showers?
“My mom wakes me up around six a.m. and typically I sleep in until like 6:45 a.m. I go to sleep anywhere from 12 to 3 a.m,” she said.
Assuming Cameron goes to bed at 12 p.m. she gets around six hours of sleep.
“I try to go to sleep by 9:30 p.m.,” Snider says.
Again, assuming that Snider goes to sleep at 9:30 p.m. and wakes up at 5:40 a.m., she gets to sleep eight hours and 10 minutes, two hours longer than Cameron who doesn’t have a constant routine.
Smith said, “I go to sleep at 10 p.m. and wake up at 5:30 a.m.”
As a result, Smith gets around seven and a half hours of sleep. Snider, who takes morning showers gets the most amount of sleep with about eight hours. Does taking showers at night really let you sleep longer?
In this case, it doesn’t appear to be that way.
Whether you wake up early in the morning to a loud, obnoxious alarm and hop in the shower or end your day by relaxing and cleansing yourself in the warm water, whatever works best for you and your schedule is good, but every now and then consider switching up your routine and then really decide which is the clearly the better choice for you.