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5 Reasons You Should Take a Hot Bath, Stat

Hot baths sound heavenly, but how good are they actually? Let us count the ways for you.
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Does anyone else feel like hot baths have become unsung heroes? These days, most people tend to eschew a nice long soak in favor of a more expedient shower — but baths actually have tons of great benefits (and some of them are pretty surprising). And come on, who doesn't love the idea of unwinding after a long day with a nice new book, a gorgeous scented candle and a glass of rosé? Baths are truly the best — and here are five reasons why.

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They help you sleep better
Baths are always so soothing, especially before bedtime. There's actually some science behind this: The rapid rise and fall of your body temperature has a relaxing effect, which can in turn help you fall into a deeper sleep. Just don't stay in the bath too long and fall asleep there, though!

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They help relieve muscle pain
Hot baths act like a little massage for sore and tight muscles. They help relieve tension and soothe stiffness, which is why you feel so much more relaxed after a long day. This is partly because they help your blood circulate better, which can reduce inflammation in your joints.

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They soothe irritated skin
Yes, a hot bath can theoretically dry your skin out — but throw in a few essential oils (or an amazing, hydrating bath milk, like The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Calming & Caring Bath Milk, $15) into the mix and you'll have a bath that will soothe your mind and your skin. Plus, a long soak in hot water also helps open up the pores, so you might want to try using your favorite scrub while you soak!

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They burn calories
It may sound too good to be true, but yes, a bath can help you burn calories. One study found that an hour long bath burned about as many calories as a 30 minute walk. Score!

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