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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. How Lack of Sleep Affects Your Health (and What You Can Do About It)

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    Do you ever feel groggy upon waking, or do you lack the energy needed to get through your day? It’s most likely that you are one of the 40 million Americans who isn’t getting enough sleep.

    Lack of sleep not only makes you feel tired and sluggish, but it can be the root cause of other conditions such as depression, lowered immune system, high blood pressure, and difficulty with weight-loss.

    The good news is that with a few simple changes to your evening bedtime routine, including an evening soak in your ThermoSpas hot tub, you can be on your way to better sleep, improved health, and more energy.

    What the research says about lack of sleep

    Study after study shows the connection between health problems and lack of sleep. Sleep related disorders are becoming an epidemic in our country since it is estimated that more than 40 million americans get fewer than 6 hours of sleep each night.

    Even a couple hours of sleep lost each night over the course of time can lead to health consequences like:

    • Higher risk of stroke, diabetes, and heart related problems
    • Inflammation
    • High blood pressure
    • Increased body mass index (BMI)
    • Lowered immune system

    It is also speculated that lack of sleep can shorten your lifespan by as much as 5 years!

    Aside from health consequences, lack of sleep has been connected to an increase in motor vehicle accidents and work related injuries, depression, and poor work performance.

    There is no doubt that getting a good night’s rest is a vital part of a healthy and productive lifestyle.

    What you can do

    Since most health complications start to occur when daily sleep falls below six hours, and the majority of you only need an extra 1-2 hours of sleep each night, it should be relatively easy to improve your sleep habits.

    The key to getting better sleep is to establish an evening routine, or habit, that is conducive to getting a good night’s rest.


    If you own a ThermoSpas hot tub, you are in luck. In a recent conversation we had with sleep expert Shawn Youngstedt of the National Sleep Foundation, soaking in a hot tub for 20-30 minutes before bed was proven to help people fall asleep faster and get a deeper night’s rest.

    So how much sleep is enough? And what does a healthy bedtime ritual look like? For these answers we turn again to the sleep experts at the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).

    Tips from the National Sleep Foundation

    The mission of the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is to spread awareness to the public and healthcare providers about the importance of sleep. Each year, they release a National Sleep Poll with the latest findings in sleep research.

    How much sleep do you need?

    Even though the amount of sleep one individual needs is based on several different factors such as genetics, age, stress and overall health; the table below gives a good rule of thumb on how much sleep we need as we age:

    how much sleep you need

    Creating a bedtime ritual

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. Avoid arousing activities before bedtime like working, watching TV, going on the internet, paying bills, engaging in competitive games or family problem solving.

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


    How a hot tub can help

    Many studies have shown the link between hot tubs and sleep, and at ThermoSpas we have received numerous letters from customers telling us how they look forward to relaxing each night in their hot tub after work.

    A nightly soak in a hot tub is a ritual practiced by many hot tub owners. It’s a time to relax from a stressful day; spend quality, uninterrupted time with family; and as it turns out, it’s also good for your health.

    If you want to learn more about how you can receive these benefits and enjoy having a hot tub as part of your life, request your free brochure and DVD today, or call us at 1-800-876-0158 to speak with a ThermoSpas representative.

  3. 3 Real Ways a Hot Tub Can Improve Your Body

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    Most people think of hot tubs as a household accessory used for relaxation, fun, romance, and unforgettable hot tub parties.

    It’s true that ThermoSpas owners get to enjoy the fun that comes along with owning a hot tub, but did you know that all those hours of fun could also be beneficial to your health?

    Read on to discover a few of the many ways that soaking in a hot tub can help you to have a healthier body.

    1. Fall asleep faster, and get a deeper night’s rest.

    Most Americans are sleep-deprived. The negative effects of sleep deprivation include depression, weight gain, cardiovascular disease and increased risk of diabetes.

    We recently had a discussion with Dr. Shawn Youngstedt of the National Sleep Foundation on the effects of hot tubs on sleep quality. He confirmed that their research shows soaking in a warm bath like a hot tub helps you fall asleep faster and get a deeper night’s rest.

    hot tub discussion

    Getting quality sleep each night will improve both your body and your mind, leaving you feeling refreshed each morning and with the energy to do more of the things you love to do.

    Here are just some of the many benefits of a healthy sleep routine:

    • Improved memory
    • Longer life span
    • Lowering blood pressure and inflammation
    • Maintaining a healthy weight
    • Lowering stress

    It’s no doubt that a healthy sleep ritual is a vital component to a healthy body. If you are one of the many people who just isn’t getting enough sleep at night, and especially if you have trouble falling asleep; a hot tub can help.

    Bonus: Add a relaxing aromatherapy scent such as lavender to enhance your evening hot tub ritual and ease your way into a deep and restful sleep.

    2. Diminish the appearance of cellulite.

    This is not just another ‘get rid of cellulite fast’ fad – regularly soaking in a hot tub can in fact reduce the appearance of unsightly cellulite and even help you lose weight.

    The reasons is simple – cellulite is caused by restrictions in blood flow; and a hot tub increases blood flow and circulation through the effects of warm water therapy and hydrotherapeutic jets.

    hot tub weight loss testimonial

    Enjoying a hot tub regularly from the comfort of your home, paired with daily exercise and healthier eating habits, can reduce the appearance of cellulite over time.

    More importantly, taking time to relax in your spa will lower your stress, and people who are less stressed are more likely to make healthier lifestyle choices.

    3. Reduce pain and treat injuries.

    At one point or another, we all experience some sort of pain or injury related to a strain, muscle spasm, or tight muscle. Muscle injuries are common for those who engage in strenuous exercise or a demanding physical job; but many injuries can also be caused by routine physical activities like house or yard work.

    Whether you have an injury or simply suffer from muscle or joint pain; a hot tub can help ease pain and assist in muscle rehabilitation after an injury.

    With an injury such as a muscle sprain or strain, you will need to wait until the inflammation has subsided before you can apply heat to facilitate the healing process. If you think you may have a muscle injury and you want to know how you can use your hot tub for recovery, refer to our article, Will a Hot Tub Help a Muscle Sprain.

    Types of pain that can be treated with a hot tub:

    • Muscle spasms and back pain – full body immersion in a hot tub with therapy jets for reducing muscle spasms and relaxing tight muscles.
    • Joint injuries and Arthritis pain – After a sprain in a joint such as your ankle, knee, or wrist, a hot tub can help by loosening the surrounding muscle so the joint becomes more flexible and better able to stretch. For this same reason, a hot tub can help those suffering from joint pain related to Arthritis.

    It’s also good practice to warm up in a hot tub before you workout to prevent future injuries. Just 10 minutes in the hot tub before a workout will loosen your muscles and prepare your body for exercise. Cold muscles are more prone to injury because they do not absorb shock as well as warm muscles.

    Bonus: These are just a few of the many benefits of hot tub ownership. Want more? Read our article on the Top 25 Benefits of Owning A Hot Tub.

  4. Unplug With A Hot Tub Ritual

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    Most of us are on sensory overload – our time is spent connected to our computers, mobile phones, and the internet and less in quiet self-reflection or in meaningful conversations with our kids or spouse.

    The Effects of Technology

    Adults today spend about 12 hours a day consuming media yet only 5.5 minutes a day on average having meaningful conversations with their children.

    Digital overload effects our brains, our bodies, and our human relations.

    Owning a hot tub is a lifestyle choice, and it can be used as a tool to help us unplug and reconnect with ourselves and our family.


    An Ancient Tradition

    Humans have been taking part in the hot tub ritual since Ancient Greece, when it was common to sit in a hot spring and discuss philosophical ideas or socialize with the community.

    You too can recreate the old rituals that have been lost in modern times. Whether you live alone or are part of a large family, creating a hot tub ritual will make ‘unplugging’ a part of your daily or weekly routine.