Hot Tubbing Can Help You Sleep Better

Do you have trouble sleeping at night?  Does your tossing and turning make you feel more tired in the morning?  132 million Americans have sleep problems, affecting their everyday lives.  Not getting enough sleep can lead to weight gain, accidents at work and while driving, make you irritable, make it harder to concentrate, and weaken your immune system. There are many reasons why you cannot sleep: drinking caffeine before you go to bed, stress, not giving yourself enough time to relax before going to bed, etc.  There are many things that you can do to help you sleep better.  Did you know that relaxing in your hot tub is one of those things?  Read on to learn more about how your hot tub can help you sleep.

Hot Tubs Help You Relax

The word “spa” is an acronym for “salus per aquam” which means “health from water”. Among the many health benefits from hot tubs, hot tubs help you relax.  Soaking in your hot tub will help ease stress and tension, helping you unwind so that you can go to sleep.  Unlike taking medications and other treatments, hot tubbing is a natural way to relax.

Hot Tubs Change Your Body Temperature

Right before you go to bed, your body drops in temperature, signaling that it is time to go to sleep.  You can artificially create this drop by bathing in a spa.  After spending a few minutes in the warm water, your body temperature increases as a result of the water temperature.  When you get out of the water, your body temperature will then drop back to normal.  However, this decrease in temperature signals to your body that it is time to go to bed.  

When Should You Hot Tub?

Studies show that the best time to hot tub for a good night’s rest is between 90-120 minutes before you go to bed.  You should soak in the spa for about 15 minutes.  Most experts suggest that you set the temperature of your hot tub between 100-102 degrees, and to never exceed 104 degrees.   

Other Tips for a Restful Night

Don’t drink caffeine up to 4 hours before you go to bed.  Turn off all electronics (including your phone and television) and don’t use them for the entire hour before you go to bed.  Try listening to soothing music or white noise as you fall asleep to help you relax.  You can try using aromatherapy to help you sleep better, lavendar is the best scent to help you relax.  

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