Quality sleep is a vital indicator of overall health. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get 7–9 hours of sleep per night. Unfortunately, American adults sleep less than this. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claims that nearly 41 million American adults are sleeping less than 6 hours per night, leaving a third of the population technically sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation can lead to a myriad of health issues, from cognitive to physical, so it’s no wonder that the CDC calls sleep deprivation a “national health epidemic”. OK, we get it. The whole “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” mentality is a no-go. So, how can we help ourselves climb out of this so-called “sleep debt”? A hot tub is one such way. Read on for some of the ways in which a hot tub can help you treat your body as your temple!
Relieves Stress and Anxiety
Hydrotherapy is a known stress- and anxiety-reducer. Studies have shown that warm water helps to re-balance the central nervous system and release the hormone dopamine. Dopamine is the body’s way of combating the effects of stress. Soaking in a hot tub for just 20-30 minutes per night can help relieve the tension from the day and prepare you for a restful night’s sleep.
Raises Your Body Temperature
When your body is cold, your sleep patterns can be disrupted. Conversely, when your body is comfortably warm, you tend to fall asleep easier and stay asleep. When you stay asleep, you get more restorative REM sleep, which means you wake up feeling more rejuvenated. REM sleep has even been shown to have an impact on metabolism! The quest for REM can be reached simply by a soak in a hot tub. Who knew?
Reduces Chronic Pain
Hot tubs help to relieve joint pain and inflammation, which can have an adverse impact on your ability to fall and stay asleep. Because when we are uncomfortable in our sleep, we tend to shift positions frequently. This has a disruptive effect on our sleep, even if we do not fully wake up when doing so. As a result, we can wake up feeling poorly rested. A soak in a hot tub before bed can help ease pain by increasing blood flow and muscle relaxation, and reducing inflammation.
Tired of feeling tired? Don’t want to use a habit-forming sleep aid? Try the natural way to increase quality sleep with a Getaway Hot Tub. The health benefits are truly eye-opening (and -closing!).