What Are The Benefits Of Bathing?
Lengthy steeps in the tub have never been more popular, and as if we needed any justification for spending our downtime indulging in a luxuriating, long hot bath, bathing has proven health and medicinal benefits too!
Read on for 6 reasons why you should draw a bath tonight and treat yourself to a well-deserved pampering session.
Aids In Relaxation
Perhaps the most obvious, and one of the main reasons why people choose to take a bath is to help them relax. There are major benefits to this. Bathing can induce feelings of comfort and serenity which allows both the body and mind to take a breather. Soaking in warm water increases your body temperature which helps sooth and relax sore or tight muscles. The physical relaxation in turn helps you relax mentally too, which means taking a bath is a great way to help relieve any stress in preparation for a good night’s sleep.
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Improves Sleep Quality
It can be often something we neglect but getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep a night is one of the most important aspects of our overall health and well-being. Taking a nice hot bath 90 minutes before bed is said to help you fall asleep more easily. With the body relaxed and the core temperature of the body lowered by bathing in warm water, it should be easier to drift off at the end of the day in to a restful nights’ sleep.
Relieves Cold And Flu Symptoms
To some extent, a warm bath can help temporarily relieve cold and flu symptoms and help break a fever. Warm water coverage offers some relief to congestion in the chest and sinuses. Warmer temperatures of a bath also cause the blood vessels in the face to move which can loosen mucus blockage and relieve symptoms of the common cold or flu.
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Benefits Your Breathing
Immersing yourself in a warm bath helps make the heart beat faster, giving it a healthy workout, and improves your oxygen intake. This has a positive influence on your lung capacity, therefore improving your breathing quality. The high temperature of the bath water is also known to lower blood pressure by causing your blood vessels to dilate.
Soothes Aching Muscles And Joints
A nice hot bath will get the blood pumping which, as well as being great for circulation, can also help sooth sore and tight muscles after a strenuous workout or minor injury.
The addition of Epsom Salt to a bath proves a handy home treatment for aching muscles, joint inflammation, bruises, sprains and swollen feet amongst other ailments.
It’s widely known that drinking the recommended 6-8 glasses of water a day helps keep the skin hydrated, amongst other health benefits, but bathing also has a similar effect due the body’s high water content. The hot water cleanses the skin as it opens the pores which causes sweating. Alternatively, washing the face in cold water closes the pores and helps moisturise the skin.
Bathing in essential oils is also a great way to better hydrate and heal irritated skin. Oils such as lavender, coconut and olive all have constituents that benefit your skin care routine and keep your skin from drying out and aging quickly.
So, as well as feeling great, baths prove to be ideal for both our health and our hygiene. Our skin and immune system can benefit greatly from a relaxing bath so fill up that tub and experience the positive effects a satisfying soak has to offer.