Spending time in a hot tub before going to bed can lead to a deeper and more peaceful sleep. The National Sleep Foundation found that about 132 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, like insomnia, more than one night a week. Lack of sleep can leave you feeling nervous, groggy and depressed or cause erratic mood swings. Because sleep researchers believe that insomnia can be traced to hectic, stressful lifestyles, relaxing in a spa regularly can help.
According to a study in the scientific journal Sleep, a drop in body temperature can also aid in easing the body into a relaxing and sound sleep. By taking a 15-minute soak in a hot tub about 90 minutes before attempting to sleep, your body temperature can drop to enable a better nights sleep naturally without the grogginess sometimes caused by prescription remedies. Sleep improvement may also be related to hot water’s relaxing properties – the buoyancy of water reduces body weight by approximately 90%, relieving pressure on joints and muscles, creating the sensation of weightlessness. The hot, swirling water leaves you feeling both mentally and emotionally relaxed.
For more information on the health benefits of hot tubs, visit the National Sleep Foundation’s website.
*Source: Helping yourself to a better night’s sleep. (1999) National Sleep Foundation.