Sleepy? Sleepless? Read on, grasshopper.


Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
May 21, 2015
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Remember when that phrase sent you running for the hills as a kid?

When your mother had to literally drag you kicking and screaming to get into the tub? These days our lives move so quickly that we’re lucky if we can spend a whole 10 minutes a day under the warm water of the shower before we are thrust back into the hurried world we all live in.

Finding the time to soak in the tub is a luxury that has benefits way beyond getting those hard-to-reach spots clean.


Soaking in a hot bath for 20 minutes, relaxes both your body and your mind. As your muscles give in to the soothing warmth so does your brain, slowing down its brainwaves and preparing for sleep. Much like getting a massage, your body’s reaction is to send out bliss chemicals that lower your blood pressure, relax your system, and allow for the repair systems to kick in.

Did you know that those of us who live and/or work in big cities absorb pollution through our skin? Did you know that your body traps all the accumulated toxins you’ve taken in over the years in your fatty tissue? Did you know that your body’s way of detoxing these chemicals is through sweating?

A hot bath with Epsom salts and baking soda is a great quick way to mildly detox your body. The Epsom salts and the baking soda combined with the hot water gently draws out toxins through your skin. It’s also a great way to ease sore muscles after a particularly strenuous session at the gym.

Light a few candles, turn on some soothing tunes and grab your rubber ducky. Set aside some time at least once a week where you can soak uninterrupted for 20 minutes before you crawl into bed. You may never need sleeping pills again!