At my blog we discuss matters of grave consequence. The splutterings from the Trump White House, the shrillness of I, Tonya, the LGBT anthem from Lady Gaga I didn’t ask for – these comprise some of my recent postings. But one item may serve as a Mason-Dixon line for my readers: do you shower in the morning or at night?
In a column published a couple weeks ago, Maya Salam admitted she preferred the rinse before bed – it relaxed her. A couple of friends admit to it too. If one has children, engages in physical activity, or even wants to wash a workday’s accumulation of bacteria and sweat, it makes sense. But doing so presupposes not cleaning oneself in the morning besides, what, a face wash?
Everybody in my house showered in the morning,” said Nate Martins, a writer from San Francisco. After the water heated up, “we’d all stack up like dominoes,” he said.
“Washing the sleep off, that’s something that I still do,” he said — much to the chagrin of his wife, Natalie, who’s a steadfast night showerer. “There have been times where she’s asked me to shower before bed, especially when I’ve spent a lot of time on public transit.”
For those who have a hard time waking up, a morning shower can make a big difference, said Dr. Janet K. Kennedy, a clinical psychologist and sleep expert in New York. It can boost alertness, she said, but she recommends a somewhat cooler, not cold, shower to avoid raising your body temperature dramatically.
Most importantly: what about bed head?
I have vain reasons. Scrupulous about styling my hair because I have so little of it left, I shower on weekday mornings in part as an excuse to take care of my appearance. I rise before six, put the kettle on and get the blender ready, and step into the shower. When it’s over I begin a series of mirror moves involving a comb, Aveda sculpturing gel, and determination. On weekend mornings I’m less meticulous; during the winter I can wait until mid afternoon, timing it for an outing. I should have put winter in scare quotes, for I live in Miami, whose climate is “early summer” or “goddamn summer” ten months of the year. Many South Floridians shower twice a day, an indulgence I don’t do often unless I really worked up a sweat or used the pool.