Hot Tubs and Insomnia
A hot tub may very well contribute to restful nights. If you suffer from sleeplessness and are searching for methods to relieve it, a Bullfrog Spa could be just what the doctor ordered.
As far back as the late 1800’s, doctors have been recommending Hydrotherapy (such as found in our hot tubs) as a drug-free alternative treatment for insomnia. Insomnia is a sleep disorder primarily characterized by sleeplessness. Even falling into a sleeping state, some people still wake up tired and groggy throughout the day.
Approximately 60 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders according to WebMD. The disorders are ranging from insomnia to pauses in breathing or snoring. This is created by hectic, stressful lifestyles. There are two types of insomnia: Acute and Chronic. Acute insomnia may be brought on by sudden, temporary stress, drastic changes in temperature or reactions to certain medications. Chronic insomnia often accompanies prolonged stress, various psychiatric conditions, and physical pain. The effects of these symptoms depend on the individual. If you find yourself consistently fatigued, forgetful, and clumsy, chronic insomnia can have a tremendously negative impact on your job and personal life.
In hydrotherapy, water’s thermal and mechanical effects are used to treat the problem of insomnia. The combination of the human body’s reaction to hot and cold stimuli from the hydrotherapy, water pressure and the application of heat for an extended duration creates a great mixture for therapy. Hot water can also reduce physical pain, which is an insomnia trigger.
The major causes of insomnia, including stress, poor circulation and pain are targeted by hydrotherapy, because hot water helps to relieve pain and relax the body. They also improve overall circulation. Certain types of hydrotherapy work by stimulating the endorphins responsible for controlling tension, pain and aches. Lack of pain can lead to better sleep!
We recommend taking some dedicated time to unwind; it can work wonders to clear your head and let your body relax. Sitting in a hot tub before bedtime could relieve insomnia in many ways. Sleep, a scientific journal, conducted a recent study and concluded a drop in body temperature can help to ease your body into a deeper, more relaxing sleep. If you soak in hot water about 90 minutes before bedtime you enable your body’s internal thermostat to pull its temperature down, enabling sleep to set in with more ease.
As always, consult with your doctor before beginning treatment for any sort of condition.