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  1. How a Hot Tub Can Help You Sleep

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    For those of us that have trouble falling asleep, wake up in the middle of the night, or just never get the rest you wish you could, hot tubs can provide a helping hand. By using your hot tub an hour or two before you go to bed, you can find yourself getting deeper, more concentrated sleep that will leave you refreshed and ready for the morning.

    Insomnia and sleep disorders are not a walk in the park by any means. A general sleep disorder often comes from being over stressed and emotionally drained. It can cause fatigue throughout your day, emotional imbalances, and a decrease in productivity.

    Larger sleeping issues, or long term sleep disorders are often caused by severe depression or stress. Loss of job or loved one, an illness, emotional troubles, and other factors can cause long term sleep disorders. Often genetics and age can play a role as well. Just as general sleep disorders, this can cause fatigue and emotional instability and can affect your work in a negative way.

    Although there are plenty of medicines that doctors might recommend, we believe that a more natural and relaxing process with a hot tub is a great solution to helping prepare you for sleep and keep you on a consistent sleep cycle.

    How Can a Hot Tub Help You Sleep?

    Hot tubs are a great tool for relieving stress and muscle pain. It is one of the best ways to relax after a hard day’s work and can help aid in joint tension and other ailments. As well, immersion in a hot tub can help ease a person’s body into a deeper sleep at bedtime. So how does that happen?

    A few factors help make a hot tub a great tool for aiding sleep. First, as you might assume, a hot tub puts you in a very relaxed and calm state. Often, going to bed with your mind racing and muscles aching can make it hard for someone to fall asleep. A hot tub allows you to take time before bed to release any tension in your mind and your body.

    Second, hot tubs help create a temperature change in your body that can trigger sleep. When a person goes to bed, their internal temperature will drop. Of course, when using a hot tub, you’re raising your body temperature. Seems counter-productive right? In fact, it helps because once you leave the hot tub and let your body cool down, your body thinks it’s preparing for sleep. When using the hot tub before bed, allow at least an hour between using the hot tub and sleeping. Going to bed warm can cause your body to overheat, but by letting it naturally cool for a short amount of time before laying down, your body will feel more comfortable and better prepared for sleep.

    Last, when in the hot tub, the buoyancy of the water delivers a sensation of weightlessness, as if you drifting in a dream. This helps relieve muscles and joint tension, but also gives your body a serene sensation that leaves you ready for a long rest.

    If you’re looking for a natural way to reduce stress and help you sleep better at night, consider soaking in a hot tub an hour before bed. The more you practice the routine of a hot tub before bed, the better it will help trigger a long and deep slumber.

    For more questions on the benefits of hot tubs or how to invest in a hot tub of your own, contact ThermoSpas today, we’d be happy to help.

  2. Healthy Sleep Tips – National Sleep Foundation

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    Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath or hot tub and then reading a book or listening to soothing music.

    A relaxing, routine activity right before bedtime conducted away from bright lights helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety which can make it more difficult to fall asleep, get sound and deep sleep or remain asleep. Avoid arousing activities before bedtime like working, paying bills, engaging in competitive games or family problem solving.

    Some studies suggest that soaking in hot water (such as a hot tub or bath) before retiring to bed can ease the transition into deeper sleep, but it should be done early enough that you are no longer sweating or over-heated.

    If you are unable to avoid tension and stress, it may be helpful to learn relaxation therapy from a trained professional.

    Finally, avoid exposure to bright before bedtime because it signals the neurons that help control the sleep-wake cycle that it is time to awaken, not to sleep.

    2009. National Sleep Foundation