I’m dealing with insomnia for over ten years. Most nights I can’t sleep and stare at my ceiling. After several visits to clinics, hospitals, psychologists, doctors and doing tests, the solution is medication. And I’m still not 100% satisfied. I’d rather not to take any pills and I’m still tired every day.

Working for Icetubs means looking at the benefits of the cold. I came across the benefit of sleeping better due to the cold. Better sleep as a result of an ice bath or cold shower, how does it work? And does it work for me too? 

Bad night’s sleep

Sleep is very important for our health. After a long day, your body and mind need some sleep to relax and recover. How many hours are needed can vary from person to person. Some people need 8 hours sleep, while others perform on 6 hours of sleep.

You already suffer from insomnia if you don’t sleep well for 3 nights a week. Insomnia means sleeping badly, laying awake, wake up too often or too early. This means your body and mind get no rest. This will affect you during the day. You may have a lack of energy, become tense, sleepy and irritable more easily.

Stress, worries and tension
Stress, worries and tension are a frequent cause of sleeping badly. Fretting, always thinking about your work and thoughts constantly going back and forth will make you sleep badly. The problem is that you can’t relax sufficiently and so cannot fall asleep or sleep badly. In order to get a good night’s sleep, you have to make sure you go to bed relaxed, and you will notice that you sleep much better.

Reset your brain and thoughts

One of the main benefits of a cold shower or ice bath is that it pushes the reset button on your thoughts. When you immerse yourself in cold water, you can’t think about deadlines, scheduled meetings or everyday problems. All disturbing thoughts disappear at once. 

Stressful activities or moments, which normally disrupt your mood, will be simply absorbed in your daily comings and goings. The reason for this is that your body begins to get used to the repeated oxydating stress. 

Besides the fact that a cold shower will reduce stress and thoughts, it also decreases the symptoms of depression, as this study shows. A cold shower or ice bath stimulates the phenomenon known as the blue spot. That spot in your brain has the greatest amount of ‘noradrenaline’. This is a neurotransmitter that plays a major role in repressing depressing thoughts and depressions. 

Sleeping better as a result of a cold shower or ice bath?

So do you sleep better because of a cold shower or ice bath? Yes! A cold shower or bath makes you relax, 100%, and that’s good preparation for sleep. Are you not quite sure how to get into an ice bath for the first time? Read our tips for the first time in our blog.

You may also try a breathing exercise by Wim Hof. I had a breathing session with my colleagues. I noticed I was really rosy, tired and able to sleep well after the breathing exercise. But after we took an ice bath, I was full of energy. The sense of triumph after the ice bath session was really what mattered most to me.

Unfortunately, I had tried everything imaginable for my sleeping problems, and the cold shower did not help me as such. Lack of proper sleep was in my case not due to stress, tension or worrying. 

But at night, when you are staring at the ceiling, your thoughts race back and forth, I know for sure that you will sleep better after taking an ice bath or cold shower. And it not only helps you sleep better, but it helps with so much more! The fact is that even I, despite the fact that it does not help me sleep better, choose to get into a cold shower every day, whether or not I feel like it. In order to start the day with 110% energy and to press the reset button of my thoughts.