A bad night’s sleep can leave you groggy, unfocused, and unable to be your best self the next day. When insomnia continues for months or even years, what was once a mild inconvenience can become a debilitating condition.
Millions of Americans suffer from sleep loss, and many remedies exist to help them get the rest they need. While no one solution is perfect for everyone, many hot tub owners enthusiastically report that a short soak before bedtime is key to sound sleep.
“I’ve always been a poor sleeper, not anymore. After taking a sit in the spa every night before bed, I sleep better, sounder, and have energy when I wake in the morning.”
— Roy1120, Milan, MI
“This is the 1st tub we have owned but have spent a lot of time in other tubs … After a hard day it really relaxes me. … And I sleep better as well.”
— Don, Edmond, OK
“I have had problems sleeping for years. It was so bad I was on medication to help. Since we installed our Grandee I have stopped the meds all together. It was the best investment I may have ever made.”
— Countertopscott, Vancouver
“HELP ME SLEEP!” IS A GLOBAL PLEA
If you search Google using the phrase “help me sleep,” you’ll find plenty of sleep tips and tricks from all over the world. Clearly, lack of sleep is a big problem for some people, regardless of where they live. In the United States, the problem is very serious. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a third of American adults don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis. While the percentage of adults who don’t sleep well varies based on location, ethnicity, employment, and marital status, no group is entirely unaffected.
When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re not yourself and can’t quite get up to speed the following day. Chronic sleep loss—regularly sleeping less than the recommended amount for your age group over an extended period of time—can increase stress and cause cognitive decline. Driving while fatigued is very dangerous. Working while fatigued can create safety issues in hazardous workplaces and costly errors even in relatively safe environments. Lack of sleep can also cause nervousness, depression, or mood swings.
Many factors influence poor sleep, so for some sufferers, changing simple habits could help. According to Wayne Giles, M.D., Director of the CDC’s Division of Population Health, “Lifestyle changes such as going to bed at the same time each night; rising at the same time each morning; and turning off or removing televisions, computers, mobile devices from the bedroom, can help people get the healthy sleep they need.” Others may need to try alternative methods, including warm water immersion.
USING YOUR HOT TUB TO HELP YOU SLEEP
Hot tub owners know how to get the most out of their spas, including trying to improve sleep through warm water immersion. For many, this involves creating a daily hot tub ritual around regular activities, including sleep.
Enjoying a hot soak about 90 minutes before bed will not only calm you, but also signal to your body that bedtime is near. After soaking in your hot tub, your body cools, and as your body temperature falls, you naturally get drowsy. Climbing into bed feeling calm and comfortable can help you fall asleep faster.
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for better sleep, but by using a hot tub in combination with changing habits that might impede sleep, you may get the rest you need to always be your best self. For help with sleeplessness and related medical conditions, always consult your doctor.