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Take a Cold Shower to Combat Fatigue

Words From My Yogini: "Take a Cold Shower"

I've been having a really hard time waking up lately. Regardless of what I eat, how many hours I sleep, or my activity level, I can't seem to wake up. After noticing how sluggish I was in class, my yoga instructor suggested that I start taking cold showers to wake up. "Well duh," I thought. I mean sure, spraying cold water on my face is bound to shock my system, but is it really gonna help me stay awake all day?

My yogini said to take a shower like I normally do except that I should use only cold water for the last five minutes. The sudden change in temperature helps to "shock" your body awake while also increasing blood flow. It's the unexpected jolt of temperature and your body's reaction to it that help relieve fatigue, she says. Disclaimer: my yoga instructor is NOT a doctor. But she does know a thing or two about the body, and since I trust her, I thought I'd give it a try. And guess what? It totally worked.

Admittedly, it did not feel good. In fact, it kind of sucked to end my shower in the freezing cold. The payoff was that it definitely woke me up and I stayed that way throughout the day. It also looks like my yogini's theory may have some science behind it: researchers found that cold water therapy has some success in treating chronic fatigue syndrome.

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tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Okay, so I actually tried this this morning after the sleepiest day ever yesterday, and so far its sort of working, although my mouth was frozen into an "ahhhh!" shape the whole time. Plus, it may have been a good workout on its own, since I was super tense the entire time ;)
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I could never do a cold shower regularly. Last summer, my water heater broke and I had to take a cold shower that was the shortest shower I've ever taken in my entire life. And I NEVER want to do it again.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
For some reason I love finishing my shower with a nice cold rinse. It's a shock to the system, that's for sure, but it gets me going. :)
michlny michlny 7 years
I've been ending my showers with a cold splash for a few years now and I have to say it gets easier with time. I actually can't get out of the shower without now..... It has also helped me to withstand the cold weather better as it has helped my circulation.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I have to say, I'm sort of reconsidering my stance after nearly falling asleep at my desk this morning...
Arthur Arthur 7 years
ha. As I was leaving my master class swim hour this morning, the coach suggested that I do yoga!! So your yogini is telling you to get in cold water in the morning and my swim coach is telling me to do yoga. Maybe we all need to cross train more :)
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 7 years
Stress, a bad mattress, a need for new pillows or sometimes even the change in seasons (allergies? open windows letting in noise? Daylight ending/starting earlier?) can cause changes in sleeping patterns, too, resulting in feeling sleepier during the daytime. :]
Asche Asche 7 years
Have you had your thyroid tested, Fit? It seems to me that if you're eating well and exercising, you shouldn't be sluggish.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 7 years
I often turn the water down as cold as I can stand it for a quick, final rinse (good for your hair and circulation and helps calm my skin after exfoliating) but I could NOT stand under that water for more than a moment or two. Five minutes? Yuck, no thanks.
stellaRuby stellaRuby 7 years
I'm with you tlsgirl. I can do cooler shower after a workout, but cold shower are the pits. No way!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
This is one thing I could never do. My hot water goes out every once in a while and I will absolutely refuse to shower for a few hours until it comes back on. I just hate cold showers. They feel AWFUL. The most I'll do is a slightly cooler shower after a really hot workout.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
Oh man. I rinse my hair in cold water and it is the WORST part of my shower! More the power to you, but I will not be trying this one.
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