Cold showers are said to be good for you – here’s what the evidence shows

Cold showers are said to be good for you – here’s what the evidence shows

I talk and write a lot about health and wellbeing (and, obviously, happiness).

And when I do I often talk and write about the more obvious contributors such as exercise and diet, sleep and rest, and more.

But have you ever heard about the benefits of cold showers (or ocean swimming in winter)? I’ve been ending my showers with 30-60 seconds of cold for a few years now and I’ve found it really helps.

This article by Lindsay Bottoms via Big Think suggests my experience is backed by science!

Acold shower in the morning is a pretty unpleasant way to start the day. Yet many have been tempted to take up the habit because being immersed in cold water has many purported health benefits, both physical and mental.

Cold showers were first administered for health reasons in the early 19th century when doctors designed them for use on asylum and prison inmates to “cool hot, inflamed brains, and to instil fear to tame impetuous wills”.

By the mid-19th century, the Victorians realised that the shower had other uses, namely washing people – and it would be better if the water was warm. So the shower went from being a device used to inflict unpleasantness for an hour and a half to one that was very pleasant and lasted about five minutes.

And yet the practice of taking a cold shower for health benefits never truly went away, and, indeed, seems to be enjoying a resurgence. Especially among Silicon Valley types.

But what does the evidence show?

A large study from the Netherlands found that people who took a cold shower were less likely than those who took a warm shower to take time off work due to sickness…

… keep reading the full & original article HERE