Do You Shower Right Before Bed?

Last week, we alerted you all to the fact that, despite the cozy feels a hot shower or bath may give you, you actually shouldn’t take a hot shower or bath right before you go to bed. (You can read all about why here.) The post went, in a word, bananas. And I was kind of surprised by this, thinking that most folks preferred to shower in the morning, mostly to jolt themselves awake and avoid getting shampoo residue all over their pillow at night.

Guess I was wrong.

Comments on Facebook and on the post itself ran the gamut, going from “I’ve been doing this for years — I knew something was up!” to “I’ve been doing this for years — YOU’RE WRONG.” (I’m paraphrasing here.) And now, since people are clearly very passionate about their showers — and their shower times — I’m curious to know, when do you shower? In the morning? When you get home from the gym, a few hours before bed (this would, scientifically, be ideal for nighttime shower-takers)? Right before you hop into bed? Satisfy our nosiness in the poll below.

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The Simple Nighttime Rule That Could Transform Your Sleep Life

Getting quality sleep is like trying to figure out WTF is going on with Kanye right now: Frustratingly, it’s harder than it should be. And bummer alert: Your addiction to Instagram (and Snapchat and even the Headspace app) is only making getting quality ZZZs more difficult, as staring at smartphones and tablets before bed is known to disrupt sleep by messing with melatonin levels and cutting into your REM sleep, thanks to the blue light the devices emit. Womp, womp.

But James Hamblin, senior editor at the Atlantic, who focuses on health in his writing, has a suggestion that doesn’t sound quite as miserable as Designated Screen-Free Hour, even though that’s exactly what it is. Instead, in a new video for the Atlantic, he suggests you embrace what he calls Awesome Hour. Spoiler: It’s a pre-bed screen-free hour, just with a better name. The idea of Awesome Hour is simple: abandon screens for the hour before bed, an expert-backed suggestion, to improve shuteye once you hit the sack. And in that time, do other awesome stuff: read! Go all retro and write a letter to a friend! Do anything besides staring at a screen! Hamblin claims this time, while free of technology, often turns out to be the most productive time of his day.

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The Checkup: The Classic Cold-Weather Mistake That’s Ruining Your Sleep 

• If you plan on going home tonight and curling up under your giant down duvet, buttoned up in flannel PJs, with your thermostat set to a nice and toasty 71 degrees, you might want to rethink your plan: According to sleep researchers, one big mistake people make in the winter — that ends up screwing with their ability to fall asleep, losing out on valuable ZZZs — is getting a little too warm in bed. In fact, your thermostat should be set somewhere around a cool 65 degrees. [Byrdie]

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The Checkup: The Drink You Should Start Every Morning With (No, It’s Not Coffee)

Lemon water is what’s UP. Not only is a great for your skin, drinking a warm cup of it first thing in the morning kick-starts your digestive system, supports weight loss, and balances your body’s pH levels. Plus, drinking it makes you feel like Gwyneth Paltrow for a few precious minutes every morning, and who doesn’t want to feel like Beyoncé’s BFF for a little bit of their day, every day? [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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The Checkup: How to Effectively Say No to People (So You Don’t Lose Your Mind)

• I have a post-it note on my computer that says “Stop saying yes to shit you hate!” It is there as a visual cue after having said yes to activities that make me want to tear my hair out one too many times. If you, too, having trouble saying no, it seems, according to to science, the trick to saying no and sticking to it is replacing “can’t” with “don’t.” So, “Sorry, I don’t [insert undesirable activity here].” Start practicing! Your mental health will thank you later. [Science of Us]

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The Checkup: Why You’re Terrible At Your Job the Day After the Eagles Lose a Game 

• If you feel like you kind of suck at your job on days after the Eagles lose a game, you’re not wrong: A new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology found that mood, work engagement and job performance all drop the day after a fan’s team loses a game. (Finally, a perk to not caring about football.) [Men’s Health]

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The Checkup: The Common Fitness Gear Mistakes Sabotaging Your Workouts

• Trainers aren’t just looking at your form when you hit the gym — they’re also taking note of your fitness gear, including the mistakes you’re making that could be sabotaging your workouts. Think: wearing the wrong underwear, not paying attention to your shoes and going for a cutesy sports bra instead of a sports bra that actually works. Guilty? Same. [Well + Good]

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Making This Sleep Mistake Is Bad News for Your Waistline, New Research Shows

It happens to the best of us: You tell yourself you’ll just watch one more episode of The Fall (so good, amirite?) before bed, only to look at the clock five episodes later and find that it’s 3:46 a.m. and you need to be in the shower getting ready for work in less than four hours. But a new study shows that skimping on sleep isn’t just bad news when it comes to keeping your job (I don’t know about you, but my boss doesn’t really love it when I sleep at my desk), it can also be bad news for your waistline.

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The Checkup: Philly Study Validates Your Outrageous Lacroix Addiction

• The folks at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, right here in Philly, have figured out why your recycling bin is overflowing with Lacroix cans (coconut flavored, if you’re like me — so good): According to a study, to be published in the journal Plus One, cold carbonated beverages are the ultimate thirst quenchers, scientifically speaking. By the way, word to the wise: You’re pronouncing Lacroix wrong. [Vice]

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