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Is having cold shower before sleep healthy choice?

Is having cold shower before sleep healthy choice?

It's not necessarily: Unhealthy. Only concern is that it might be stimulating & interfere w falling asleep. If it doesn't shouldn't be a problem. As an aside, our internal body clock tends to lower body temp in the evening in preparation for sleep, so theoretically, a cold shower could mirror this cycle. Cold is also a great anti-inflammatory agent for muscles sore from exercise. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can taking a hot shower before bed help me sleep longer?

Can taking a hot shower before bed help me sleep longer?

Hot shower: Possibly but it's more likely to help you fall asleep faster. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would taking a hot shower before bed help me sleep longer?

Hi docs, would taking a hot shower before bed help me sleep longer?

Hot shower: Possibly but it's more likely to help you fall asleep faster. ...Read more

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Is antiperspirant still effective if: I apply at 10PM, sleep until 7:30AM, shower for 25 minutes, and don't reapply?

Is antiperspirant still effective if: I apply at 10PM, sleep until 7:30AM, shower for 25 minutes, and don't reapply?

Antipersirant: Is antiperspirant still effective if: I apply at 10PM, sleep until 7:30AM, shower for 25 minutes, and don't reapply? ANS: Not likely but take a smell of your armpit or have someone else do the same at the end of the day and let us know. ...Read more

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What could lead to my dry, irritated skin after a shower or long sleep?

What could lead to my dry, irritated skin after a shower or long sleep?

Dry skin: I don't know about the sleeping. When you take a shower, the water & the products that you use on your skin can be drying. When skin is very dry it can become itchy or uncomfortable. Encourage you to consider using an unscented soap containing moisturizer. We use caress at our home. You can apply moisturizing lotion to your skin. Also hydrate well - at least 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water per day. ...Read more

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If armpits start smelling when before they didn't (and I shower daily), what can this mean? My diet, exercise, sleep, and stress all good to excellent

If armpits start smelling when before they didn't (and I shower daily), what can this mean? My diet, exercise, sleep, and stress all good to excellent

Under arms: Underarm odor is caused by certain glands in the arm pits. It's natural to have a certain amount of odor and sweat in this area. Excessive odor may be caused by medications or over the counter supplements. Infection may also cause increased odor and pain. ...Read more

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Armpits itchy like crazy after applying Certain Dri for the first time. Before bed, 20m after shower. Can't sleep. Is it supposed to itch???

Armpits itchy like crazy after applying Certain Dri for the first time. Before bed, 20m after shower. Can't sleep. Is it supposed to itch???

Wash it off: Most likely you are reacting to something in it. Wash it off and apply moisturizing lotion. Consider 1% hydrocortisone cream if itching continues. ...Read more

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Should I get Robert a chair for the shower? What ways are best to relieve swelling in ankles? Swelling goes away when laying down to sleep. Can you help?

Should I get Robert a chair for the shower? What ways are best to relieve swelling in ankles? Swelling goes away when laying down to sleep. Can you help?

Gravity.: It all has to do with the consequences of gravity and your body's never ending battle to move blood back up your leg. See your doctor for some possible solutions. ...Read more

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I hit my head in the shower but don't have a headache, can I go to sleep?

I hit my head in the shower but don't have a headache, can I go to sleep?

YES: YES. Be aware of warning signs for concussion/head trauma. Assuming you do NOT have these symptoms, you will be fine. If symptoms occur get examined at ER. ...Read more

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When is it recommended to shower - straight when you get home from work/school/uni or before bed? OR before you go to sleep? Thanks!

When is it recommended to shower - straight when you get home from work/school/uni or before bed? OR before you go to sleep? Thanks!

No rules: There are no real recommendations regarding when to shower. If you find a shower helps you relax then before bed is fine. If you exercise then after training might be advisable to remove sweat. Find the pattern, time that feels right for you! ...Read more

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Fast irregular heartbeat & the back of my head/upper back is beating. Can't sleep & hot shower not helping. What's the best suggestion?

See Cardiologist: If u r sure that the heartbeat is fast & irregular (have u timed it? Can u tell if it the spacing is the same or varies between beats?) then u possibly have atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter - irregular heart rhythms which increase ur risk for stroke. U may need to have ur thyroid checked; alternatively, u may need to b on blood thinners & meds to slow ur heart rate. Check w/ ur doctor! ...Read more

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I am curious as to why during the night when I sleep I have excessive body heat that wakes me up and I have to take a shower or drink something cold?

I am curious as to why during the night when I sleep I have excessive body heat that wakes me up and I have to take a shower or drink something cold?

Hormonal: Are your periods still quite regular? Nighttime or bedtime heat intolerance can be due to menopausal changes or overactive thyroid. Is your temperature elevated? Too hot a bedroom or too many bedclothes? Your physician can arrange the appropriate tests. ...Read more

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V itchy when trying to sleep since child. Where I sleep no diff, showers no diff. Also when meditate. Itch travels, bad, must scratch or muscls twtch?

V itchy when trying to sleep since child. Where I sleep no diff, showers no diff. Also when meditate. Itch travels, bad, must scratch or muscls twtch?

Bad itch: Since you've had this problem since childhood, I assume you have tried different drs and methods for relief. You need to fine an expert dermatologist and allergist and work with them. You have had behavioral tx. Did you stick with that. I think I will refer your case to a specialist on healthtap who should get back to you soon. ...Read more

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Nipples hurt SO bad! The shower kinda hurts & I can't sleep comfortably. When stuff hits my breasts it hurts. 5 days late & get the feeling of puking.

Nipples hurt SO bad! The shower kinda hurts & I can't sleep comfortably. When stuff hits my breasts it hurts. 5 days late & get the feeling of puking.

Late menstruation: Your symptoms are suggestive of pregnancy, but if you're currently sexually active do a home pregnency test. If it is negative or if not in any relationship & these symptoms persisted, you need to see your doctor or gynecologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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I domt feel like taking a shower I don't wanna clean, cook, sleep, I just wana cry just wanna get drunk smoke I feel bad I feel lonely is this normal?

I domt feel like taking a shower I don't wanna clean, cook, sleep, I just wana cry just wanna get drunk smoke I feel bad I feel lonely is this normal?

Depression?: Your symptoms sound like depression which 1/5 people has at some point in their life. You need to seek treatment which may include counseling or medication. If you have any feelings of wanting to harm yourself get care right away.
Was there anything that triggered this, such as loss of a job or a significant other? ...Read more

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Husband started itching with spots all over and the only thing that soothes the itching is a shower. He can't sleep. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is no help. What to do?

Husband started itching with spots all over and the only thing that soothes the itching is a shower. He can't sleep. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is no help. What to do?

See MD: Se your family md or allergist. Do it now. Though itching in itself is not life threatening, it may be the precursor for a more severe reaction. If it worsens or breathing problems arise go to er. ...Read more