Like a lot of things - exercise, meditation or reading - floating is beneficial for us at any time of the day. And people prefer to float at different times, which is why we offer sessions from 7.30am all the way through to 9pm.
However, we’ve noticed that first-timers assume that floating in the evening will be better for them. Here’s why you should consider all times of the day and see what works for you.
Floating in the evening
We often think of relaxation, switching-off, and self-care as an after work / winding-down activity: Get to the end of the day, and shake off any stress before you go home or go to bed.
We love it when people tell us that they used to go to the pub to drown their sorrows after work, and instead they come to float to resolve and dissolve their worries and reset themselves.
It’s true - floating in the evening is a healthy and luxurious way to decompress, shake off the day, and help ensure a great night’s sleep (or several!)
Floating in the afternoon
Similarly, floating in the afternoon can give us time to process the events of the morning, and provide a super-charged break or reset before the afternoon. It might help you switch gear, enable you to maintain your energy levels instead of having a ‘3pm slump’, or help keep you mindful instead of getting carried away with the day.
However, we’re often asked what the benefits of floating in the morning are, so here’s what we know:
Floating in the morning
Those who are naturally drawn to float in the morning are often people who want to boost their creativity, focus or effectiveness for whatever they are doing that day or week. It works - we have world class poker players who use it to sharpen their thinking, business people who sharpen their minds ahead of major meetings, and artists who float in the morning to unlock their creativity.
But there are many more reasons to see if floating in the morning is for you…
The lesser-known benefits of floating in the morning
It brings you back into theta state before the brain is fully fired-up -
By floating before you look at emails, ruminate over mental to-do lists, and engage too much with habitual thoughts and feelings, you can sink more easily into a relaxed, theta-state. By floating just after you wake up, you will be able to quickly access the dream-like state between sleep and wakefulness and have a more open mind, a different set of thoughts, and maybe access greater perspective and ‘eureka’ moments more readily.
It makes you more alert, accepting and present during the rest of the day -
We hear from the people who are morning regulars that floating at the beginning of the day makes them more alert, accepting and present for the rest of the day. Some float in the morning before an important work meeting to get in the zone, before a challenging day to help them maintain perspective, or on their birthdays, so that they can experience and savour it more fully.
Gets you into bed, and out of bed -
We find that if you know you’re going to float the next morning, it can make you more likely to go to bed at a good time, instead of staying up that hour or two more than you intended. It also helps get you out of bed at a time you can feel proud of!
Change up your routine -
As well as influencing the time you go to bed and wake up, floating in the morning can impact your habits. Often we have a morning sequence we go through on autopilot - coffee, shower, breakfast, pack for work, and so on. When we float, we disrupt that - which can jog our brains out of unconsciousness, and if you choose, show us what it’s like to start the day with a float instead of an espresso (or two, or three).
So give it a try!
There are as many experiences of floating as there are floats - every one is different, and so these lists can never be exhaustive. But we know that there tends to be a different set of benefits and experiences of morning and afternoon or evening floats, so we recommend that you give each a try, and consider that floating may be a different tool at different times.