If you don’t shower before you get into bed at night, you’re a savage.
I know that sounds hot take–ish. It sounds like some hypothetical stance I’m taking for the purposes of stirring up controversy for my soon-to-be-launched podcast (note: does not actually exist). But I swear, this is a long-held belief of mine, and this article was prompted (see what I did there?) when it came up in conversation among friends last weekend.
There are, of course, exceptions to my night showering requirement. We’ll get to those in a second. But the underlying truth is still this: If you go out into the world and live a normal day—take the subway to work, walk among coworkers, use a public bathroom, have lunch at a restaurant—and then come home and willfully lay in the world’s filth for 8 hours—then, you my friend, are a disgusting human person and can kindly GTFO of my world.
Let’s address some of the key arguments for morning showers and assess their validity:
If you are someone who gets a workout in before you start your work day, good for you. Please—for the sake of human decency—also take a morning shower.
Verdict: Valid Exception ✅
I don’t personally subscribe to this belief, but if you do, then by all means, hop in the shower for a quick morning rinse to “wake yourself up,” you mental weakling.
Verdict: Begrudging Exception ✅
Yo, if you’re sweating that much, you have a problem. How about turning on the A/C bro? There are maybe a handful of times a year where I sweat so much at night that I need to shower in the morning.
Verdict: Go See a Doctor ❌
The key thing to note about these exceptions is that they do not preclude you from also being a Night Showerer. It’s like how a square can be a rectangle but a rectangle is not necessarily a square. Or something like that. Even if those exceptions are true, it does NOT give you an excuse to make your bed a 4 month-old sponge of disgustingness.
Without even getting into some of the perks of being a Night Showerer (helllloooo extra sleep!), it’s a simple matter of hygiene. Which sounds better—getting into bed all nice and clean, or sweating all day, collecting poop particles in the air, and then rolling around in it for 8 hours?
God, this is such an easy debate, I’m ending this article early. Not even a discussion. Shower tonight before you go to bed, or kindly never talk to me again.