Does a Hot Tub Make You Tired?
It has been estimated that almost 1 in 5 adults suffer from some type of sleep disruption. Whether it is difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently at night or full-blown insomnia, sleep disorders bring a number of negative outcomes such as taking medication, accidents, missing time from work and more. Interestingly, there is a natural way that can help you sleep. If you have ever wondered does a hot tub make you tired, the answer is yes. Here’s why.
How Hot Tubs Help You Sleep Better
Our bodies’ internal temperature naturally wanes in the late evening and reaches its lowest point at about 4 am. If you soak in a hot tub, your body temperature will slightly elevate, which will kick-start your body’s cooling off process and help you fall asleep quicker. Another way that soaking in a hot tub can help is with restless leg syndrome. Also referred to as RLS, it is one of the leading causes of sleep disorders but soaking in a hot tub before bed has shown to help relax the body more and improve your chances of getting a better night’s rest.
Hydrotherapy for Sleep
Hydropool hot tubs have a hydrotherapy insomnia treatment program. The program works as follows:
Initial relaxation phase
The first five minutes of this program are spent sitting in the Lower Body Zone, which is Zone 2. The diverter valve is set to activate the jets in that zone and the water jets on either side of your spine will work to relax your paravertebral muscles. These are strong muscles that hold a lot of tension and stabilize the spine. The water jets will massage in a left and right motion and maintain consistent pressure.
Total relaxation phase
This phase lasts for ten minutes and the air injectors need to remain closed so that the water jets deliver a steady, gentle pressure. During this phase, you should move around and float between zones within your hot tub to allow your full body to be massaged. While in Zone 3, the diverter valve can be activated to receive a complete back massage.
For the final five minutes of the treatment is spent relaxing tension at the base of your skull. Sitting in the Core Zone, which is Zone 1 and the diverter valve set to activate, position yourself so that you are under the upper back water jets. Make sure to not press up against the jets as this will close the injector. Relax and enjoy the calming phase as tension is relieved in your neck and trapezoid muscles.
To maximize your evening hot tub soak to try and have better sleep, Hydropool recommends using either Chamomile or the Bergamot & Lemongrass DreamScent Aromatherapy blend. If your hot tub has chromatherapy, green is recommended to help reach a state of wellbeing and balance.