Does using a hot tub help you sleep?

December 11, 2009 Spa Doctor No Comments

Stress is one of the most common causes of sleeplessness, and soaking in a hot tub is one of the best ways to relieve stress. Studies have found that immersion in warm water before bedtime can ease the transition into a deeper, more restful sleep. This may happen because the body’s core temperature drops after leaving the water, which the brain may interpret as a cue for sleep. Or perhaps people sleep better after hot tubbing because buoyancy reduces body weight, relieving pressure on joints and muscles, creating a total physical relaxation that translates to emotional relaxation, aiding sleep. Even the National Sleep Foundation recommends soaking in a hot bath or hot tub as part of a regular, relaxing, healthy bedtime routine.

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  • Always check spa water temperature before getting in. Temperature should never exceed 104 degrees.
  • Limit time in the spa to no more than 15 minutes before showering and cooling down.
  • Avoid strenuous activity immediately after using the spa.
  • Heat can be dangerous for pregnant women and people with heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes. Check with your doctor first.
  • Do not use the spa if you have been drinking alcohol or taking prescription medicines. Consult your doctor first.
  • Don’t use the spa if you have open wounds or sores.
  • Don’t use radios, hair dryers or other electrical appliances near the spa.
  • Reduce the risk of accident with hand rails and non-slip surfaces.
  • Keep areas around the spa clean and uncluttered