Should You Shower At Night Or In The Morning?

It's a question for the ages: Just when is the best time to shower? The decision to shower when you wake up or before you go to bed is one that has plagued indoor plumbing-users for as long as indoor plumbing has been around. Everyone has a way they like to do things, and everyone seems convinced that their way is best. Who hasn't gotten into an argument with someone about showering preferences? I'd be lying if I said I hadn't. It's like Team Edward versus Team Jacob all over again.

There are those who prefer waking up to the prospect of an hot, eye-opening rinse. Others use it as a way to relax and unwind before crawling into bed for the night. Then, there are the germaphobes, general sweaty people (me), and other bathing anomalies who can be found showering at any given time of day — maybe even more than once.

Of course, your personal hygiene preferences are undoubtedly impacted by your schedule, profession, roommates, and weather — so earlier today, the people of the Internet took to Reddit to settle this argument once and for all. Over 500 people have already voiced their opinions on this highly delicate subject matter, and it seems the general population is tied up in a three-way dead lock.

So whether you're Team Morning, Team Night, or Team Both, here's what each side had to say. Are you convinced?

Team Morning

Team Morning seems centralized around the fact that a shower equals instant wake-up call. Who can argue? Though you have to have some pretty serious will power to run a cold shower first thing in the morning.

Hair is also a key factor in the shower-time decision. Unless you have the time to dry your hair before bed, wet hair mixed with a pillow means you're probably hiding under a hat the next day.

There are also those who feel pretty gnarly after a night's sleep and need to rinse off and refresh.

The "sleep" smell mentioned here is a very real thing — especially when you're sleeping in an A/C-less apartment or your cat's favorite place to snooze is on your head.

Team Night

Funny — most of the reasons for night or morning are actually pretty similar. Everyone is just trying to feel squeaky clean no matter what time of day it is.

OK, no matter what team you're on, you simply cannot deny this is one of the truest statements ever uttered.

Some people shower at night so they can sleep in a little bit later. But one must ask: Wouldn't you have to stay up later to shower at night, making the whole sleeping time thing even out in the long run?

Team Both

This person schedules their shower to suit their needs. It's an awesome idea in theory, but if we're being honest with ourselves, who has that kind of patience in their lives?

Hot, cold, humid? The solution: Take a shower! Take three showers while you're at it! I've never been to Australia, but I am guessing it's very clean.

This person has the right idea. Don't let societal norms restrict you. Just... maybe buy some perfume.

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