Most of not all of us prefer hot showers, due to it being more comfortable. However, same cannot be said said for a hot room to sleep in, which is labelled uncomfortable. Why is this?

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Most of not all of us prefer hot showers, due to it being more comfortable. However, same cannot be said said for a hot room to sleep in, which is labelled uncomfortable. Why is this?

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A hot shower is relaxing, but the body needs to cool down in order for us to fall asleep; a hot room prevents this.

The worst part of a hot shower is breathing heated humid air. A hot room gives no tactile massage unlike a shower. Getting to sleep can last longer than a shower. Too much of a good thing and all.

Because a shower is brief. It is not comfortable to be in a hot shower for eight hours. I think it also depends what you would consider to be hot – what temperature? I like it to be around 73F in the house, even when I sleep.

Water has a higher heat capacity than air and it also conducts heat better than air. This means that 70 degree air is refreshing for many people, but 70 degree water would have them shivering uncontrollably. The water conducts heat away from the body much faster than air (which is a good insulator) and it also has the ability to absorb and store that heat, making it an ideal material for wicking heat away from the body.

So in order to prevent a shower from sucking out all of your body heat, we use hotter water. When you get out of the shower you also lose heat from the evaporation of the water off of your skin and hair. This is why toweling off doesn’t make you cold, but staying wet and letting the air dry you does. So the heat from the shower also helps with the transition when you get out, before you’ve dried off.

There are many different reasons but first off, water leads heat much better than air, water with the same temp as a hot room would feel cold.

Another thing is that while in a hot shower any sweat you have will be instantly washed away, while in bed and under a blanket it will stay on you and become sticky if it’s too hot.