Longer, Deeper, Better Sleep!

A quick internet search will yield dozens of sleep tips and tricks from all over the world. The lack of quality and consistent sleep is a big problem for some people, somewhat regardless of where they live. In the United States, getting better sleep seems particularly acute. According to the CDC, more than a third of American adults don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis. CDC Newsroom

The percentage of adults who don’t sleep well varies based on location, ethnicity, employment, and marital status – however, the study reports that no major 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 and mental impairments. The degree of risk and danger increases for those driving a motor vehicle. Plus, working while fatigued can create safety issues in hazardous workplaces and costly errors even in relatively safe environments. Lack of sleep can also causes nervousness, depression and mood swings.

There are many anecdotal remedies for better sleep. One that works for many people is nightly warm water immersion.

USING YOUR HOT TUB TO HELP YOU SLEEP

Hot tub owners know really do learn how to get the most out of their spas. This includes trying to improve sleep through warm water immersion.  For many, this involves creating a daily routine or hot-tub-ritual around regular activities. Enjoying a hot soak about 90 minutes before bed will not only calm you – but, can be a signal that bedtime is near. 

First, soaking in a hot tub helps you relax mentally while the water’s buoyancy helps decompress your joints. Your circulation increases while your blood pressure and heart rate decreases, helping you reach a resting state.  What happens after that relaxing soak also helps. You maintain the sense of calm and relaxation that naturally helps you fall asleep. But now, your core body temperature begins to drop as you cool down, another signal to your body that it’s time to sleep.

Whatever the science, soaking before bedtime seems to be a universal remedy for helping people sleep. A simple ritual like this may help you get the rest you need and always be your “best-self” without the grogginess sometimes caused by prescription remedies.

Although many factors influence poor sleep, changing simple habits could help. “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,” according to Wayne Giles, M.D.Director of the CDC’s Division of Population Health.   

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 help you find a healthier approach to a hectic, stressful and time-crunched lifestyle.