We know, the idea of getting out of your warm bed only to subject your body to icy water may not sound like the most appealing way to start your day, but hear us out. Recent research is suggesting that there are numerous benefits of immersing in cold water. While you will receive the benefits regardless of which time of day you shower, this practice does tend to have an invigorating effect, and so we recommend it as something to do in the morning rather than right before bed. Even ending your regular shower with 30 seconds to a minute of cold water can be enough if you’re curious, but not quite ready for the full-length thing.
Cold water on your skin stimulates blood flow to your internal organs by temporarily constricting circulation on the surface so that blood is directed toward deeper tissues. This can reduce inflammation and help keep your skin clear as well.
Cortisol is also known as “the stress hormone,” as our bodies tend to make more of it when we experience stressful situations. Over time, high levels of cortisol can lead to things like acne, fatigue, and “brain fog,” or difficulty concentrating. Some studies have shown that up to 3 minutes of a cold shower can help reduce cortisol levels. You’ll be wide awake and ready for the day.