Bathing as a Sleep Aid

The National Institutes of Health (N.I.H.) report that “Insomnia is the most common sleep complaint of any age.” Unfortunately, insomnia does affect more than half of all adults age 60 and older. Studies have proven that a hot bath before bed can help a body adjust to sleep mode, beating insomnia and helping an individual enjoy a more restful sleep.

How a Hot Bath Helps with Sleep

Human body temperature varies with a consistent circadian rhythm, states the Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine. Typically, body temperature lowers slightly about midday and then has another drop in the evening. We naturally feel sleepier when our body temperature drops. If you take a hot bath about 90 minutes before going to bed, the bath helps to raise your body temperature and then when the natural body temperature drop occurs, you’ll feel sleepier because there’s more of a variance. Studies have shown that seniors suffering from insomnia were able to improve their sleep by taking a full-body bath before their bedtime.