The Worst Time Of Day To Shower, According To Science

Most Americans shower on a daily basis (per Harvard Medical School), but exact habits vary from person to person. Each Night surveyed 1,000 workers about their shower preferences. About half of them said they prefer to shower in the morning to freshen up and increase alertness, and roughly one third prefer showering at the end of the day to wind down before bed and save time in the morning. People who shower in the morning reported better work performance and feeling more rested and energetic. Interestingly, they also reported slightly higher satisfaction with their jobs, health, and life.

Cosmetic doctor Rekha Tailor told Express that showering in the evening is more hygienic because it removes sweat and germs accumulated on your body throughout the day. According to the Sleep Foundation, research also suggests that taking a warm shower an hour or two before bed can promote sleep quality and even help you fall asleep faster.

Afternoon showers are less beneficial

Caleb Backe, a health and wellness expert at Maple Holistics, told Bustle that a midday shower can deprive you of the unique benefits of a morning or evening shower. A midday shower won't help you wake up and get energized for the day, nor will it help you sleep or get all the dirt and grime off your body before bed since you still have the rest of the day to get dirty again. On the other hand, if you begin to feel groggy in the afternoon, a midday shower may be enough to energize you for the rest of the day. However, it is not an ideal daily habit, according to Backe.

Some people's schedules allow them no choice but to shower midday. While showering at night or in the morning may be more beneficial to those who have a choice, what's most important is that you are showering enough to keep clean.