Before you read on and find out what you need to do to wake up feeling more alert, I’d like you to make a promise to yourself that you’ll at least try what I’m about to suggest.
You clicked on this page because you liked the title, and if you liked the title it means you actually do want to wake up more alert. I want you to commit to making a change.
You may now be worried about what it is you’re committing to but you shouldn’t be. It costs nothing and actually saves you time AND money.
I’m talking about cold showers.
There are a ton of benefits to taking a regular cold shower such as reducing inflammation and increase your energy levels.
Not only that but, cold showers also increase your body’s ability to regulate temperature relative to your environment. This means that when it’s red hot you won’t feel as warm and when it’s freezing cold you won’t be as cold.
Cold Showers stimulate the immune system and increase white blood cells so you’re less likely to develop a cold or flu. They also improve blood circulation, which prevents things like hypertension and varicose veins.
You’re probably familiar with cold showers effect on reducing muscle soreness and decreasing recovery time after playing sports or working out. Cold showers even contribute to detoxing the body because of how it squeezes toxins and waste products out of the skin.
You can make this even more effective when you combine a cold shower with a sauna. The sauna opens the pores of your skin up to help get rid of toxins and the cold shower closes the pores, squeezing even more out.
Men will notice improved sexual performance if they have a cold shower right before sex and, research suggests, it’s even possible that this helps with impotence. If you happen to be struggling with this, try taking an ice-cold shower three times a day and see what happens. It’ll be more than worth the pain.
On a simpler level, your energy levels will increase and you’ll be less reliant on stimulants to keep you awake and alert.
The best things about a cold shower are that it’s free and it takes no extra time to do! If anything, you save money on hot water and you save time because you don’t tend to stay in as long. You get all these benefits without spending a penny and without sacrificing any of your valuable time.
Introducing Cold Showers to Your Morning Routine
Now, how do you start with your cold showers? What you don’t do is try getting in an already cold shower?
You’ll never be able to stick to it because it’s far too tough to do. Instead, start by having your normal warm shower, do what you need to do then for the last 30 seconds turn the temperature down.
Personally, I started by taking it down a little bit every few seconds until it got to as cold as the shower goes. Eventually you’ll get more used to the cold temperature and you’ll be able to turn it straight down to the bottom.
The aim is to stay under the cold water for 3-5 minutes. In terms of how cold is cold enough, you want to get to the point where you take a deep, gasping breath. That’s how you know you’ve gone cold enough. And if you can get to at least 3 cold showers a week, you’re on to a winner.
Over time, I promise you’ll learn to love doing this. The feeling of putting your head under cold water will feel good. You’ll feel more awake, more energised, and more ready to attack the day.