Why do we smell after a sleep?

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Why do we smell after a sleep?

Post by hurly » Thu Aug 25, 2005 3:39 pm

Just out of curiousity, why does our body smell after a sleep? And what causes it to send out the smell? A way to prevent it...? o_O

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Post by MrMistery » Thu Aug 25, 2005 6:10 pm

Why do you mean smell after a sleep? Do you mean that when you wake up in the morning you smell? It is beause the sweat...
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Post by b_d_41501 » Thu Aug 25, 2005 6:17 pm

This is why you should bathe. lol. That's the reason I can't take showers the evening before, I hate the morning smell of the body.
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Post by MrMistery » Thu Aug 25, 2005 6:28 pm

I have to admit i am a clean freek and take 2-3 showers a day. When there is no water for me to wash, it's like having no food to eat :D
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Post by b_d_41501 » Thu Aug 25, 2005 6:33 pm

LOL. You are a clean freak. I take 1 per day. lol
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Post by hurly » Thu Aug 25, 2005 9:19 pm

The sweat? Explain more please. All humans sweat during the night?

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Post by canalon » Thu Aug 25, 2005 9:35 pm

hurly wrote:The sweat? Explain more please. All humans sweat during the night?


All humans sweat all the time. You do not necessarily see it, because of evaporation, but you sweat continuously. Probably during the day, we are ventilating a little better when moving, and thus get rid of more smelly substance, that just stick a little more on us when we sleep, to better take off as soon as we wake up and start moving.

But I may be wrong

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Post by hurly » Thu Aug 25, 2005 9:48 pm

Humans sweat continuously? I didn't knew that... :shock:
So what if you have a very big fan that covers your entire body during the night? Will this decrease the smell? :)

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Post by mith » Thu Aug 25, 2005 9:51 pm

the fan only evaporates it faster. I dunno about anti-persperants though.
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Post by victor » Mon Aug 29, 2005 12:28 pm

MrMistery wrote:I have to admit i am a clean freek and take 2-3 showers a day. When there is no water for me to wash, it's like having no food to eat :D


2-3 times?? that's normal in my country..(maybe because ours is a tropical country)...usually when it comes to the fasting month, one can bath till 5-6 times a day... :lol:
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Post by MrMistery » Mon Aug 29, 2005 6:35 pm

@victor
5-6 times a day? So, in your country, in that period, the day is divided between baths and some breaks for baths :D

About the topic...
i don't think it is true what Patrick said. I mean, during the day, you have more muscular activity=>higher temperature=>more sweating. Furthermore i do not know if those smelly substances are so volatile as to evaporate. After you are really sweaty(eg: after gym class), if you do not take a shower, the water will evaporate, but the smelly substances will not. What about when it is cold outside and we have more clothes... we don't ventilate then.. Plus during sleep our blood vessils are wider=>lower temperature=>less sweating.
My theory is that when you sleep you do sweat, but you sweat less at night than you do during the day. That is why i recommend 2 showers/day(morning and evening)
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Post by canalon » Mon Aug 29, 2005 6:54 pm

I agree that we probably sweat less at night than during day time, even if you toss and turn a lot at night... But I still think that since there is less aeration inside ou beds than around our clothes during daytime that could play a role. Still I am far from my speciality, and this is pure hypothese with nothing to back it up. And, Andrew, I do not see why your argument goes against mine?


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