One health benefit that you may not expect to receive from your steam shower unit is improved quality and length of sleep. Improved sleep also leads to greater quality of health in other areas, including avoiding viral infections, weight loss, lowering blood pressure and increasing mental concentration.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults require at least seven to nine hours of sleep each night, while teenagers require between eight and a half and nine and a quarter hours each night. It’s important to practice good sleep hygiene, including creating a routine for falling asleep and going to bed at the same hours each night. Not getting enough sleep can result in inability to concentrate in the work place, inability to drive safely while fatigued and a higher risk of contracting a common cold and lowered immunity.
First, decide what time you are going to go to sleep each night. Most likely, you need a minimum of seven hours each night. Then, prepare a sleep routine that you will begin each night at least 30 minutes before you want to fall asleep, but it can last as long as an hour.
A sleep routine may look different for everyone. Some people like to eat a small snack before bed, read a book, exercise or take a shower or bath. Taking a steam shower or a bath with steam can be effective for helping you fall asleep for several reasons. First of all, a steam shower is great for promoting relaxation. Steam increases blood circulation, which relieves achy and tired muscles. This releases tension from your muscles and helps your body relax. It also creates mental relaxation. Studies have shown that steam increases the deepness and length of sleep as well and that the act of heating yourself during a sleep routine will create a better quality of sleep.
Additionally, the relaxation that steam brings may be especially helpful to those that suffer from chronic pain. If you have chronic pain that is keeping you awake at night, a steam shower before bed may help you get the relaxation you need to fall asleep and rejuvenate your body and revitalize your energy level. On the other hand, you may have an allergy, a cold or a breathing problem that is hampering your sleep. Bathing with steam also helps improve breathing and this may be the help you need before bed.
You may own or be able to purchase a steam shower unit with an aromatherapy system. This means you can add relaxing scents to your showers before bed to comfort yourself before falling asleep. Lavender is a very relaxing scent and can be added to a steam shower by using essential oils in the aromatherapy system.
It’s important to stick to your bed routine each night. When you get into bed, turn off all electronics and lights that may distract you from falling to sleep. A healthy diet and exercise will also help you obtain better sleep. Do not neglect sleep; better sleep means better memory and lower levels of depression. Additionally, a relaxing sleep routine may be healthier than sleeping pills. Take a steam shower at night to improve your breathing, relax your body and help you achieve longer periods of deeper sleep.