"There must be misfortunes in the world from which the hot bath is not able to heal, but I hardly know such" , - so wrote the American poetess and writer Sylvia Plat in his novel Under a Glass Cap. And it’s hard to argue with her: one of the
showed that if you take a hot bath at least a couple of times a week, this will significantly alleviate the symptoms of depression.
The study involved 45 people with diagnosed depression. Scientists from the University of Freiburg divided the participants into two groups. The first was offered twice a week for half an hour to take a bath with a water temperature of 40 degrees, and then sit for another 20 minutes, wrapped in a warming blanket.
People from the second group did various aerobic exercises for 40-45 minutes, also twice a week.
Two months later, warm baths “beat” the training: in the test for determining the severity of depression, people from the first group scored an average of six points less than before the experiment. And the participants from the second group - only three points less.
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Taking a warm bath improves sleep. The fact is that body temperature plays an important role in regulating circadian rhythms, which “tell” the body when to go to sleep and when to wake up.
Body temperature is a signal for the production of sleep or wake hormones. Usually it is slightly higher during the day and lower at night. It is lowering the temperature at night that helps to fall asleep - this is a signal for the production of melatonin. Accordingly, a higher temperature in the morning is a signal for the production of serotonin. This is a neurotransmitter, thanks to which a person feels cheerfulness and good mood.
Despite the fact that a person sits in a bath in warm water, after this procedure, his body temperature decreases, which helps to fall asleep. To feel the effect, experts advise taking a bath one and a half hours before bedtime.