There is nothing like a relaxing shower just before bedtime to really enhance the relaxed mode you need to fall asleep. Yet, there is something quite invigorating about an early morning shower that just seems to set the tone for a day filled with accomplishments.

How can this be? A shower is a shower. Still, there is an ongoing discussion about which is better the morning shower or the nighttime shower. Oddly enough what we found out is this. There are pros and cons to both ways of thinking.

Showering at night does clean the body of dirt, germs, grime, pollution, and the like before you climb in between your sheets. That's a good thing. A nighttime shower also removes makeup, hair spray, deodorants, and other chemicals we use on our bodies during the day. That's a good thing too.

Showering in the morning is almost as cleansing for your mind as they are for your body. Many morning shower takers use the shower time to plan their day, strategize about work, and visualize the day's activities. Think of shower time as a miniature personal pep rally. It's a great way to start your day on a positive note.

So which one do the experts say is best for you? Well, the sources we explored for this article seem to like the evening shower. However, they do suggest you at least wash your face every morning, especially if you're one who wears makeup.

They also suggest that a brief two or three minute morning shower that features a minute or so of cold water can be a great way to invigorate the body to take on the day. Oh, and if you sweat, (translation: Live in Louisiana), you'll certainly want to rinse off a little more often no matter what time of day it is. I think those of us who have to live and work around you can appreciate that suggestion the most.