Hot Tubs and Insomnia: Will a hot tub help me sleep?

Let's talk about Hot Tubs and Insomnia

As far back as the late 1800s, Doctors have been recommending Hydrotherapy (such as found in our hot tubs) as a drug-free treatment for insomnia. The American Clinical and Climatological Association mentions a paper citing Dr. Irwin H. Hance’s 1899 lecture explaining the benefits of hydrotherapy because drugs are unreliable when the treatment of insomnia is concerned. Even in the 1880s, Washington DC’s St. Elizabeth Hospital would use wraps, showers and baths for treating insomnia in their patients.

hot tubs and insomnia

What’s the big deal about insomnia?

Glad you asked! Insomnia is a disorder that plagues many of us at different stages in life and can occur in the following ways:
  • General Sleep Disorders Sleep disorders are common & cause fatigue, sleeplessness, problems of insomnia, emotional imbalance, decrease  in productivity and a harmful effect on general health.
  • Long Term Insomnia and Short Term Insomnia –Long term insomnia can be caused by depression or stress. Short term insomnia can occur after sudden stressful in life like loss of job, illness, noise, emotional problems, death in the family, failure etc. Sometimes, genetics can also have an important part to play in controlling the sleeping and waking schedule of a person. Age is another factor because it is noted that people who have crossed the age of 65 suffer from various sleep related disorders all over the world. Sleep disorders and insomnia can be caused by certain drugs and medications, or by working late at night.
Even though medicine alone has not been completely effective in curing insomnia, medicine and hydrotherapy can combat the problem together!

Why does Hydrotherapy help Insomnia?

In hydrotherapy, water’s thermal and mechanical effects are used to treat the problem of insomnia. This method works because the human body reacts to hot and cold stimuli from the hydrotherapy plus water pressure and application of heat for an extended duration. Generally, hot soaking, cold soaking, swimming, water massage and cleansing are involved in hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy helps not just with insomnia but with various other ailments as well, like muscle cramps, arthritis, muscle tension and knots. The major causes of insomnia like stress, bad circulation and pain are targeted by hydrotherapy because hot water baths and sauna help to relieve pain and relax the body. They also improve overall circulation. Certain types of hydrotherapy work by stimulating the endorphins that are responsible for controlling tension, pain and aches. Lack of pain leads to better sleep! For dealing with insomnia generated from stress,  sauna, underwater baths, mineral soaks, herbs, mud and Epsom salt and partial hot tub immersions are extremely helpful. These tried and tested methods have proven results in treating the most severe of insomnia! Hydrotherapy is a treatment supported by scientific proof for treatment of insomnia. If you’re sleepless, why prolong your misery? Have one of the experts at Spring Dance Hot Tubs help you choose a hot tub so you start feeling better today!

How are you Sleeping? Have you tried Hydrotherapy for insomnia?

 

National Sleep Awareness Week: Hot Tub your way to better sleep

sleep benefits of hot tubs Do you struggle with falling to sleep? You are not alone- about 30-40% of adults say they have some symptoms of insomnia within a given year.* Are you familiar with the sleep benefits of a hot tub? A hot tub can help put your body and mind in a state that is ready to fall asleep.

Sleep Benefits of a Hot Tub

The National Sleep Foundation suggests,
"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.
Unlike using prescription sleeping pills, which can come with adverse side effects, the deep sleep you experience after using your hot tub is all natural! If you haven't ever tried soaking in a hot tub before going to sleep, you are missing out on experiencing a sleep that is deeper, more fulfilling and healing than sleep without a nightly soak. Using a hot tub right before bed will ensure that you wake up feeling rejuvenated and rested! Other healthy sleep tips from the National Sleep Foundation are
"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."
national-sleep-awareness-hot-tubMarch 3-11, 2013 is National Sleep Awareness Week in the United States. Schedule a Free Hot Tub Test Soak in one of our hot tub showrooms to experience how a hot tub can bring you to a deeper, more fulfilling sleep! Source

How a hot tub can help you keep your New Year Resolutions

If you're like most of America, you probably made health-related new year resolutions for the new year. Studies show that 92% of people don't keep their resolutions while 80% fail as early as January 20th! Here are a few ways a hot tub or sauna can help you keep your New Year Resolutions to be a better & healthier YOU this year:

new year resolutions: hot tub and stressDecrease your Stress

Studies show that just 15 minutes of hot tub soaking a day can significantly decrease your stress levels. In those 15 minutes you can encourage blood circulation, release healing endorphins, give your joints stress & pain relief and even over time, reduce your blood sugar levels. Try soaking for 15 minutes in the morning & see if your need for caffeine through the day diminishes. And if you soak for 15 minutes before bed, the National Sleep Foundation says you have a better chance of a deeper, more fulfilling and healing sleep!

new year resolutions: hot tub and blood pressureLower your Blood Pressure

According to the American Heart Association, the heat generated in a hot tub causes blood vessels to open (a process called vasodilation), lowering blood pressure.  If you have high blood pressure, be sure to clear hot tub use with your Doctor and most doctors suggest limiting soaking time to 15 minutes or less at a water temperature no hotter than 104 degrees.

sauna and weight lossWeight Loss

A 30 minute infrared sauna session can burn 200-600 calories! As the body works to cool itself while using an infrared sauna, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate. A hot tub is a great environment to perform hot tub exercises because of the warmth and body's buoyancy while in the water. Check out some Simple Hot Tub Exercises you could try!

hot tub health benefits Because of a hot tub or sauna, you can be already ahead of the game for your health and wellness resolutions this year! Download this great Hot Tub INFOGRAPHIC about all the benefits of hot-tubbing and keep it somewhere to encourage you in your resolutions!

Hot Tub Use and High Blood Pressure

Did you know that a hot tub can actually help with high blood pressure? According to American Heart Association, the heat generated in a hot tub causes blood vessels to open (a process called vasodilation), lowering blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure and aren't experiencing a hypertensive crisis, a hot tub might be the perfect addition to your home. Many doctors suggest limiting soaking time to 15 minutes or less at a water temperature no hotter than 104 degrees. So if you have a hot tub, use it! And if you don't have a hot tub yet, what are you waiting for? Stop by one of our 3 hot tub showrooms or visit our Virtual Hot Tub Showroom online February is American Heart Month! Take a moment for your heart & watch this great video by actress Elizabeth Banks called "Just a Little Heart Attack"

Hot Tub Health Benefits

Stress is all around us. A National Health Interview Survey showed that 75% of the general population experiences at least "some stress" every two weeks. It's a proven fact that stress also affects the immune system, which protects us from many serious diseases. Some estimates show that medical community agrees that 80% of all disease is stress-related. We are overworked & overrun, and we don't allow our bodies the chance to heal before we move on to the next thing. When is the last time you let yourself relax?  Have you ever told yourself "I don't have time to relax?" or "If I relax now X,Y & Z won't get done." I do. All the time! But what if you committed to just 15 minutes a day to allow yourself to be rejuvenated for the stressful tasks ahead? What if in that 15 minutes you could encourage circulation, release healing endorphins, give your joints stress & pain relief and even over time, reduce your blood sugar levels? You know where I"m going with this-- you can do all that! In just 15 minutes a day when you soak in your hot tub, you'll allow your body to heal & relax so that you can have the energy for the next task. Remember that your hot tub isn't just an appliance in your backyard-- it's a very powerful means to a healthier lifestyle! Go ahead- love your hot tub for 15 minutes today! And let us know when you feel better! Read more about the Hot tub Health Benefits including:
Don't have a healing hot tub in your backyard, yet? We can help you out! Browse our Hot Tubs Online or contact one of our 3 Hot Tub Showrooms & one of our experts will help you find the perfect hot tub
*Before beginning any new health routine, make sure you consult your Doctor, especially if you have a preexisting medical condition!

Simple Hot Tub Exercises

The Health Benefits of hot tubs are numerous, and the the warmth & buoyancy of the hot tub water makes it a very inviting place to exercise! Read about some other reasons why it's good to exercise in a hot tub. And then get to exercising! Here are a few hot tub exercises we like: Warm Ups Do three to five repetitions of each warm up: Side bends: Put hands on hips. Bend from the waist on one side, then come back up. Repeat on the other side. Shoulder shrugs: Raise one or both shoulders up toward the ears. Lower and repeat. Arm circles: Extend arms out at both sides. Rotate arms forward, then in reverse. Torso rotations: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and toes turned slightly out. Rotate to your left side. Then rotate to your right side. Exercises
Next, try these exercises: Bicycle: Sit on the edge of a hot tub seat and support yourself by a grab bar holding on to the seat. Lift up your legs & rotate them in slow bicylce movements, keeping your stomach taught. Start at a slow pace- try 20 to begin- and add more and more repitions each time you soak Jack-knifes: Again sit on the edge of the hot tub seat & support yourself. Keeping your stomach taught, bend your legs and bring them up to your chest almost making a ball. Next extend your legs opposite side of the tub, arching your back a bit. Make sure you are using your stomach muscles & not your back muscles Start with 2 sets of 25 and increase each time you soak! Side Leg Extensions: Sitting in the same position of the tub and supporting yourself slightly, extend my legs straight out. With a taught stomach, spread both legs out with pointed toes. As you bring your legs back together, flex your feet. The resistance of the water works to strengthen and tone the muscles. Start small, with 2 sets of 25 Remember that you can become overheated in a hot tub, especially when you're exercising, so stay hydrated & don't work out for very long! What exercises have you tried in your hot tub? Share in the comments! Source 1 and Source 2

Exercise in a hot tub?

You bought your hot tub to relax, right? Have you ever considered that your hot tub might also be a great place for a work out!? It is! Here are a few reasons why:
  • The Warmth & buoyancy of hot tub water make it a safe ideal environment for relieving pain & stiffness in your muscles & joints, even pain from arthritis!*
  • When you immerse yourself in warm water, your body temperature rises, increasing circulation in and dilating your blood vessels
  • As compared to running or other traditional exercises, excercising in a hot tub is a very gentle way to work your joints & muscles
  • Water can act as resistance to help build muscle strength.
There are so many Health Benefits of Hot Tubs. We love the relaxing part about hot tubs, but why not consider incorporating your hot tub in your exercise routine?

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*According to the Arthritis Foundation

Hot Tub Benefits: INFOGRAPHIC

We found this really cool Infographic about the benefits of a hot tub and wanted to share it with you all!

It really surprised me to learn that 80% of American suffer from chronic back or knee pain! (If the infographic is too small for you to read, view the graphic in your browser by clicking here)
benefits of a hot tub infographic
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Infographic developed by Swimtown Pool Supplies

Health Benefits of a Sauna

This month we're talking about Hot-Tubbing in the cold, and yes we realize that saunas aren't exactly hot tubs, but we think they are the PERFECT cold-weather 'accessory!' Not only do saunas have incredible health benefits, but there is evidence that sitting in a sauna can ward off cold symptoms! Here are a few other of our favorite Sauna health benefits:
WEIGHT LOSS  A 30 minute infrared sauna session can burn 200-600 calories! As the body works to cool itself while using an infrared sauna, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate. Your body's natural response to infrared heat therapy is to increase circulation and sweat.
SKIN PURIFICATION  Improve your skin's appearance with regular use of a sauna. Open wounds heal quicker with reduced scarring. Infrared heat therapy helps acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns and skin lesions or cuts. It also reduces wrinkles, makes skin look radiant, firms and improves skin tone and elasticity. Regular use may also help reduce cellulite trapped beneath the skin, lessen the appearance of scars, and help burns heal significantly.
PAIN RELIEF  Relieve back, neck and arthritis pain with infrared sauna heat therapy. Researchers studying HRP (Heat Responsive Pain) have observed remarkable therapeutic benefits by using continuous low level heat therapy for treating lower back and upper body pain, all conditions that fall under the HRP classification. Find out more about the Saunas at Spring Dance Hot Tubs and Request a Quote Today!

Hot Tubs and the Common Cold

Bless you!
With cold & flu season just around the corner, people are always looking for extra ways to stay healthy during the cold months.

Did you know your hot tub has health benefits beyond just a fun place for the family to congregate and a relaxing place to enjoy a glass of wine?

Here are a few tips to use your hot tub to ward off a winter cold:

1. Bump up the Heat:

Raising your body temperature by soaking in hot water can help your body fight multiplying cold germs.  Generally you want to keep the tempearture below 104 degrees or the manufacturer's recommended temperature. Slowly ease yourself into the hot water- it might sting at first- but the hotter the temperature the more you'll sweat, ridding your body of the cold & flu toxins (And all that Sweat? Good thing our hot tubs have great filtration!

2. But Make sure the hot tub is sanitized:

You don't want to make yourself feel worse by getting into dirty hot tub water, so make sure to check (or have a healthy friend or family member check) the water's balance. Never get into a hot tub if it looks or smells dirty!

3. Soak Often:

It's okay to soak as often as you'd like while you're feeling under the weather. Medical professionals suggest staying in a hot tub for no more than 20 minutes at a time. So go from the couch to the tub and back to the couch, as many times as you feel up to it!

4. Stay hydrated:

Even when you're not feeling sick, a hot tub can quickly dehydrate your system, especially with the temperature as high as 104. So make sure you stay hydrated with plenty of water while you're hot-tubbing!

Here's to a healthy hot-tubbing winter season!