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

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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 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:
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*Before beginning any new health routine, make sure you consult your Doctor, especially if you have a preexisting medical condition!