What Are the Best Times to Drink Water?

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We all know that we should drink water regularly throughout the day. While it’s impossible to tell how much water each individual needs – studies show that it varies from person to person – it’s clear that without enough water, we feel groggy, tired, sluggish, and just plain bad.

But when should we drink water? And does it matter?

There actually is science to timing when you drink. As a rule, you should drink water:

  • 30 minutes before each meal (it helps with digestion)
  • During meals
  • An hour after your meal (to help your body absorb the food nutrients)
  • The day before working out strenuously
  • 2-3 hours before exercising
  • 30 minutes before exercising
  • During exercise
  • Within 30 minutes of exercising

That sounds like a lot to remember, and it is. The general rule of thumb, though, is to drink water on a regular basis before you feel dehydrated. If you wait until you’re dehydrated to drink water, you won’t perform as well physically or mentally.

One way to tell if you’re hydrated is to look at the color of your urine. If it’s clear, you’ve had plenty of fluids to drink and you’re good to go. If it’s a light color, you’re hydrated. If it’s darker than that, you need to take in more fluids.

One time you shouldn’t drink water is before you go to bed. Drinking water before bed increases the chances that you’ll have to pee during the middle of the night, which can disrupt your sleep and cause you to feel tired the next morning. This is called nocturia, and if you suffer from this condition, you should stop drinking water a few hours before bed.

Staying Hydrated with Water Way

At Water Way, we believe in hydration. Water is essential to life and we want to make sure people have as much of it as they need.

Our home and office water delivery service brings crisp, refreshing, pure spring water to your doorstep in a convenient way. (We’ll even take the empty bottles from you and swap them out for fresh ones.)

You get all the water you want and the benefits of staying hydrated: alertness, focus, energy, and health.

Contact us for more information on getting started with our water delivery service.