Are you one of the many individuals out there who has difficulty falling asleep at night, suffers from the pain of arthritis, or has ongoing issues with stress and anxiety? If so, then routinely soaking in a hot tub might be just the “cure” for what ails you.
There are three distinct factors at work in a spa: heat, buoyancy, and massage – and the combination of the three winds up resulting in a completely relaxing, hydro-massage experience. The heat in a hot tub raises your body temperature, increasing circulation. The buoyancy of the hot tub reduces your body weight by 90% (body weight is reduced by approximately 90% with neck-depth immersion), which helps relieve pressure on muscles and joints, and provides a relaxing sensation of weightlessness, as well.
So, what does all this mean for you?
Well, let’s start with the sleep part. The National Sleep Foundation has found that about 132 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. As we all know, 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 approximately an hour and a half before going to bed, your body temperature will decrease which, in turn, enables you to have a better night of sleep…and all WITHOUT the use of prescription sleep aids.
Now, what about those suffering from the pain of arthritis, or other joint and/or musculoskeletal conditions?
If you happen to be one of the 46 million Americans affected by arthritis, soaking in a hot tub can help ease your pain. Joint inflammation from arthritis causes swelling, pain and stiffness, which often results in the loss of joint movement or function. Immersion in warm water produces something called “hydrostatic pressure” on the body which helps to reduce joint inflammation and increases mobility.
All of these features also help with decreasing anxiety, stress, and tension. This leads to total, full-body relaxation, as well as providing a variety of health benefits that ultimately allow spa owners to lead more active and fulfilled lives.
If you’re interested in more information about hot tubs and how they can benefit you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Or, better yet, stop on by. Bonsall Pool and Spa, located in Lincoln, Nebraska, is your one stop shop for everything from pools to hot tubs and saunas!<