I've been having a really hard time waking up lately. Regardless of what I eat, how many hours I sleep, or my activity level, I can't seem to wake up. After noticing how sluggish I was in class, my yoga instructor suggested that I start taking cold showers to wake up. "Well duh," I thought. I mean sure, spraying cold water on my face is bound to shock my system, but is it really gonna help me stay awake all day?
My yogini said to take a shower like I normally do except that I should use only cold water for the last five minutes. The sudden change in temperature helps to "shock" your body awake while also increasing blood flow. It's the unexpected jolt of temperature and your body's reaction to it that help relieve fatigue, she says. Disclaimer: my yoga instructor is NOT a doctor. But she does know a thing or two about the body, and since I trust her, I thought I'd give it a try. And guess what? It totally worked.
Admittedly, it did not feel good. In fact, it kind of sucked to end my shower in the freezing cold. The payoff was that it definitely woke me up and I stayed that way throughout the day. It also looks like my yogini's theory may have some science behind it: researchers found that cold water therapy has some success in treating chronic fatigue syndrome.