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Spa to Sleep: Let Your Jacuzzi® Relieve Your insomnia

Millions of Americans suffer from some form of insomnia, which is generally defined as having difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. In fact, the prevalence of insomnia a few nights a week or more in Americans is believed to be as high as 58%.1

The Dangers of Insomnia

In addition to lacking the energy you need to enjoy the best possible quality of life, the effects of insomnia have been linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and other occupational errors. Sleep insufficiency also makes it more likely that you’ll suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as cancer and increased mortality.

What Causes Insomnia?

Perhaps the reason insomnia is so prevalent is because there are so many possible contributing factors. Heart and blood pressure medications, antidepressants, allergy pills, and other medications are common contributors to insomnia. So are lifestyle choices like poor sleep habits, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol use. However, researchers believe that many cases of insomnia can be traced back to the hectic, stressful lifestyles of people who are generally in good health.

How Can a Hot Tub Help Relieve Insomnia?

According to a recent study in the scientific journal “SLEEP,” soaking in a hot tub prior to bedtime can not only help someone fall to sleep, but can also provide a deeper, more relaxing slumber.

The study showed that as a person’s body temperature dropped from heightened to normal levels after soaking in a hot tub, they had an easier time falling asleep. Therefore soaking in hot water (103° F) about 90 minutes before bedtime is a recommended way of relieving insomnia. Hot tubs can also relieve nervous tension and soreness after exercise, which are known contributors to insomnia.

Whether you occasionally have trouble falling to sleep, or you suffer from severe insomnia, spas offer a natural therapy over sleeping pills and other remedies that can have adverse side effects.

1 National Sleep Foundation’s 2002 Sleep in America poll

How Technology can Help You Exercise

The sophistication of exercise-related technology and its myriad applications is continually expanding. Whether it’s for motivational purposes, new exercise ideas, or to help with recovery, using technology can help you exercise more effectively and more frequently.

Motivational Technology
There are countless devices and applications that track your fitness progress. Tools like the Nike+ Fuelband are all about motivation and embody the future of fitness-tracking technology. This smart bracelet allows you to set daily goals and track your fitness activity hour by hour. The Fuelband’s Bluetooth technology constantly syncs to your smartphone, where you can follow along each day as you try to reach your personal milestones. And like most modern exercise-related technology, there’s a social component involved. On nikeplus.com, you can compare your progress and share achievements with your friends through social media.

Fitness Mobile Apps
There are a wide range of health and fitness mobile apps that are either free or cost just a few dollars to download. You can now use your smartphone to count calories, develop a training or nutrition plan, track your progress, and much more. Many apps also have photos and interactive videos showing the various exercises and lifts you can do to work each muscle group.

Hot Tub Recovery
Muscle recovery is a vital part of having the physical capability to exercise on a regular basis. And as we get older, the amount of recovery time needed continues to increase. State-of-the-art hot tubs offer the ideal conditions for hydrotherapy, which involves the use of water for healing through the combination of heat, buoyancy, and massage. Immersion in warm water raises body temperature, causing blood vessels to dilate while improving circulation – bringing vital nutrients to healing tissue. Reflexology is another method of recovery that uses a hot tub’s powerful jets to target specific pressure points and relieve nervous tension.

Whether you’re looking for innovative new ways to keep you motivated or to increase recovery time, there are a variety of technologies that can help.

Can I Soak Year-round? Seasonal Tips for Owning a Hot Tub

The key to enjoying your spa throughout the year is making sure you take the proper precautions to guard it against the elements, including freezing temperatures, snow, rainstorms, summer heat and more.

Protecting your hot tub in the winter
While you do have the option of draining your spa and winterizing it, spas are commonly maintained and enjoyed during this time of year. From freezing pipes to frozen water, harsh winter weather can be detrimental to your hot tub if you don’t take steps to protect it. During cold winter days and nights, make sure your spa’s freeze protection system is activated and that the heat settings are on high. This will help maintain a more consistent water temperature when the hot tub is not in use and prevent the pipes from freezing. If your spa doesn’t have a freeze protection system, we recommend running the pump for approximately 15-20 minutes each hour to ensure warm water is continually circulating through the pipes.

Another key component in maintaining your hot tub’s water temperature when it’s cold outside is using a high-quality, insulated cover with a thermal blanket underneath. If you’re using a vinyl cover, spray it with protectant and sweep off large amounts of snow before it accumulates on the cover. And don’t forget to keep the jets off when the hot tub is not being used as they circulate cold air into the water.

Rain and sun damage protection
Before a major thunderstorm or snowstorm, apply a cover-all or tarp over your cover to prevent serious damage. And to protect your spa from sun damage in the harsh summer heat, a spa umbrella is an effective option. It can also make the experience more enjoyable by keeping the sunlight out of your face.

Following these steps and investing in accessories like a high-quality cover and spa umbrella can help you protect your hot tub while being able to enjoy it throughout the year.

What to Consider before Purchasing a Hot Tub

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of buying your first hot tub, but before you pull out your wallet and clear space for your spa in the backyard, consider a few factors. From figuring out how much space you’ll need to understanding the upkeep required to maintain your hot tub, here are a few pieces of advice to avoid surprises down the road.

Size

Size matters when it comes to finding the perfect spa for you. Not only do you need to decide if you want a 3-person or 7-person tub, but you also need to determine how much space you have available for your spa. Will your party-sized hot tub fit on your deck or patio with enough room for your guests to comfortably climb in and out? Measure the outdoor area and determine spa dimensions before getting your heart set on a specific tub.

Location

In addition to calculating to see if the spa you’d like will fit in your desired location, you also need a spot with access to an electrical outlet. Furthermore, you’ll want to secure a sturdy and level area where your tub will sit problem free.

Maintenance

Your hot tub will require weekly and monthly maintenance, so it’s important that you’re committed to the upkeep. Although the tasks are simple, such as testing the pH levels and draining the spa water, these chores are necessary to maintain a high-performing tub for years to come. Are you prepared to commit? Make sure you understand what kind of maintenance is expected of you before you sign on the dotted line.

Features

Do some research and shopping around to determine what features and add-ons are most important to you. Maybe you want the most energy-efficient model in the line, state-of-the-art jets, or the latest stereo technology. Visit your local Jacuzzi® dealership to wet test the models and speak to the staff members to narrow down what you want from your spa experience.

To avoid getting stuck with a hot tub that’s too big for your outdoor space or one without your favorite massage options, don’t purchase the first spa you find. Just like any good relationship, these things take time. Do your research and visit some Jacuzzi® showrooms to make an educated decision.

Big or Little Dipper? Brush up on Astronomy During Your Dip

While you’re relaxing and reveling in the luxury of your backyard hot tub, sometimes it’s easy to ignore the nature all around you. During your next soak, take the time to sit back, and look up at the vast galaxy above you. Even if you’re a little rusty on your astronomy, you can still enjoy the star formations when you follow these guidelines to easily locate some of the most popular arrangements in the night sky.

Big Dipper

The Big Dipper is a great constellation to start with because it’s bright and prominent. It’s a seven-star formation in the shape of a large ladle, which includes a handle and cup. During the spring and summer, the Big Dipper shines high in the northern sky, while in spring and winter, the constellation hangs low in the northern sky closer to the horizon.

Polaris, The North Star

Once you find the Big Dipper, it’s a cinch to locate Polaris, the North Star. Always located in the north, it’s a bright star, but contrary to popular belief, it’s not the brightest in the sky. The two stars that make up the outer portion of the Big Dipper’s cup point in the direction of Polaris. Simply draw an imaginary line out from the ends of the bowl and straight over to the North Star.

Little Dipper

Now that you’ve located the North Star, you’re close to seeing the Little Dipper. In fact, the North Star is the last one in the handle of the Little Dipper’s ladle. Just like the larger ladle, the Little Dipper includes a cup and handle portion. You’ll notice that in relation to the smaller arrangement of stars, the Big Dipper’s cup points down toward the handle of the Little Dipper.

Orion

Orion is another one of the easiest constellations to locate in the sky. Look for three bright stars forming almost a straight line. These stars represent Orion’s Belt. Keep an eye out for two bright stars in to the north and two slightly to the south of his belt, which represent Orion’s shoulders and feet.

Next time you hop in the hot tub with your loved ones, challenge your kids to see who can find the Big Dipper first, or try to charm someone special as you point out these famous star formations.

Simple Solutions for a Complete Hot Tub Lifestyle

A few simple add-ons can make a world of difference when it comes to completing your all-inclusive hot tub lifestyle. The first 100 days of owning your Jacuzzi® brand hot tub are the perfect time to fully equip yourself with everything you need so that you’ll never have to leave your ultimate back yard oasis. To help get you started, here are some of our favorite, easy-to-implement hot tub solutions.

GET COMFORTABLE!
No matter what the weather’s like, maximize everyone’s comfort with these ideas.

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• A cabinet of plush, fluffy towels and robes ready keeps everyone warm when they’re not in the tub.
• Towel racks and towel trees keep towels, robes and slippers dry and clean.
• A spa step like the Handi-Step we offer looks great, provides easy entrance into your hot tub and lasts for years to come.
• Swing-arm umbrellas provide adjustable shade and protection from unpredictable weather when you need it.
• Privacy screens create a secluded getaway that’s hidden from view.

 

STAY REFRESHED!
Keep the cold drinks flowing and your stomach from growling with these accessories.

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• A sturdy set of plastic cups and can cozies ensure that everyone can enjoy a cold drink without the danger of broken glass.
• Floating drink and snack caddies give you and your guests the luxury of savoring food and drinks in style.
• An outdoor mini-fridge is great for always keeping ice-cold drinks within arm’s reach.
• A stainless steel ice bucket and tongs help to keep everyone’s drinks chilled with a steady supply of ice cubes.

 

TURN UP THE FUN!
Make sure no one gets bored with these easy ideas for constant entertainment.

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• Floating board games and waterproof cards provide competitive fun for all ages.
• Floating disco balls get the party really started by casting multi-colored lights throughout the water.
• Candles or twinkling lights help to boost the romantic ambience on date night.
• Either a good book or your favorite magazine is great for decompressing with a relaxing read.

 

Now that you’re comfortable, refreshed and anything but bored, you’re ready to begin living that complete hot tub lifestyle you’ve been dreaming about.

For more information on the health benefits of hydrotherapy and the unique technology behind Jacuzzi® brand hot tubs, please click here. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page for more recommendations on making the most out of your Jacuzzi® hot tub during the first 100 days of ownership.

Signs it’s Time to Drain and Refill

When it comes to draining and refilling your hot tub, it’s a bit of a Goldilocks situation. Draining your spa too often is a waste of valuable water, while not draining it enough could create health problems for you. Therefore, it’s all about finding when is “just right” for your hot tub. Follow our simple guidelines for knowing when it’s a good time to drain and refill your spa.

Do the Math

One way to determine if your hot tub needs a good rinse and drain is to pull out the calculator. Divide the number of gallons of spa water by the number of bathers who usually use the tub. Then divide that number by three to figure out how often you should go through the process.

For example, if your spa holds 200 gallons and you have four bathers each day, that’s 200 divided by four, which equals 50. Divide 50 by three, and you should drain your spa every 16 days or so.

Check for Foam and Funk

If your spa is running especially foamy and the antifoam you add isn’t doing the trick, this a sure sign it’s time to change out the water. The same goes for funky looking or discolored water too.

Take a Whiff

Another easy way of determining when your tub needs to drain is if the water begins to smelly funny. Any out-of-the-ordinary smell is a cry for fresh water.

Check the Calendar

If your tub has been sitting empty for a while, this is another time when it’s a good idea to refill, rinse, and drain. Filling and then draining your tub will help clear the plumbing lines and rid it of buildup.

Make Goldilocks proud and find the spa cleaning routine that is just right for you and your tub. Keeping in mind how often you use your tub and watching out for these warning signs are good indicators as to when your spa needs a refill and rinse.

Is Your Hot Tub Irritating Your Skin?

If you start developing a rash after soaking in your spa, the experience can quickly go from hot tub party to hot mess. A red, itchy, bumpy rash on your skin after a dip is a reaction a small number of people have to hot tubs. In some cases, your rash could be an infection from the germ pseudomonas aeruginosa, but in other cases it could be an allergic reaction to certain chemicals.

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Putting Your Green Thumb to Good Use

Whether you’re an award-winning orchid grower or you’re a novice gardener who can’t remember the difference between perennials and annuals, it’s easy to create an inviting backyard space with plants. From designing natural privacy to adding some vibrant colors, there are several foolproof ways of transforming your hot tub area into a garden oasis with or without a green thumb.

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Once-a-month Hot Tub Cleaning Guide

While your hot tub requires daily and weekly maintenance, there are also a few simple chores you’ll need to do once a month to keep your spa in tip-top shape. From cleaning the cover to adding scale remover, don’t worry, it’s quick and easy to maintain your hot tub.

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Finding The Ideal Hot Tub Water Temperature

As a new Jacuzzi® brand hot tub owner, it’s important to test out different water temperatures from the get go. While 104° is accepted maximum, below that there’s no “right” or “wrong” water temperature; it’s more about finding one that gives you the best experience. Once you’ve settled on your ideal temperature, you can fully unlock the healing power of hot water to treat everything from muscle pain to insomnia. Here’s how to find the ideal hot tub water temperature, as well as some background on hydrotherapy, or the use of heated water for health benefits.

FINDING THE IDEAL TEMPERATURE FOR YOU

.temp Finding The Ideal Hot Tub Water Temperature Finding the proper temperature for your hot tub is essential to getting the most out of your hot tub experience. As a new owner, we recommend experimenting with various water temperatures while the entire family is present. Once you find a temperature that everyone agrees on, keep it within that range, as continuously raising and lowering the heat can increase operational costs and add wear. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the water temperature of a hot tub is best between 100°F and 102°F.


WATER TEMPERATURE QUICK FACTS

• The majority of hot tub users prefer a water temperature in the range of 100°F-102°F.
• 104°F is the standard maximum temperature, which some users also prefer.
• Always consult a physician before getting in the hot tub while pregnant.
• Children under age 5 should not be in hot tubs over 95°F, and should only remain in hot tubs for 5-10 minutes at a time.

 

THE HISTORY OF HYDROTHERAPY

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History has shown that water is the ultimate therapist, as the healing benefits of hydrotherapy date back thousands of years and across many of the world’s oldest cultures. Ancient Egyptians bathed in heated waters treated with flowers and herbs, the Greeks believed that water therapy was essential to optimal health and the Romans used heated pools and steam to treat a wide range of medical conditions. The health benefits of hydrotherapy, both mental and physical, haven proven themselves across the ages as a remedy for common ailments ranging from joint pain to insomnia.

 

THE POWER OF HYDROTHERAPY TODAY

 
Jacuzzi® hot tubs have popularized the ancient practice of hydrotherapy for a new age, while also making its health benefits more powerful than ever. Hot tubs have been found extremely useful in treating physical ailments such as muscle and joint stiffness, inflammatory diseases and even spinal pain. Hydrotherapy also works wonders for your mental well-being, as even a quick ten minute dip helps everyday stress to evaporate. If you suffer from insomnia, hot tubs can better prepare you for sleep by relaxing your body and lowering your internal body temperature once you get out.
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For more information on the health benefits of hydrotherapy and the unique technology behind Jacuzzi® brand hot tubs, please click here. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page for more recommendations on making the most out of your Jacuzzi® hot tub during the first 100 days of ownership.

Get the Most Out of Your New Hot Tub

Your new Jacuzzi® brand hot tub is installed, the water is heated to perfection and the fresh air outside is calling your name. So, now what? The first 100 days of ownership are the perfect time to unlock all that your hot tub has to offer. If you’re wondering where to start, read the manual and test the controls first-hand to learn how your hot tub works. After that, follow these easy steps for getting the most out of your new hot tub.

ACCESSORIZE
A few simple accessories can make a world of difference when it comes to creating the ultimate hot tub paradise in your backyard. Get the ball rolling with these easy-to-find accessories:

. blogaccessoryimg Get the Most Out of Your New Hot Tub a towel rack and extra towels or bathrobes for keeping everyone warm, dry and comfortable
a set of sturdy plastic cups and can cozies so everyone can enjoy a cold drink without the danger of broken glass
a cooler or a mini-fridge close by so that ice-cold drinks are within arm’s reach
cabinets or plastic garden boxes for storing accessories and other necessary supplies out of sight
anti-slip mats and flip-flops to keep feet clean and safe
waterproof playing cards and board games to keep everyone entertained

UPGRADE THE BACK YARD
A new hot tub is a great excuse to finally spruce up the backyard. Here are some of the most popular backyard additions for new hot tub owners:

.blogaccessoryimg1 Get the Most Out of Your New Hot Tub potted plants, trellises, bushes and flowers to give the hot tub that “surrounded by nature” feeling
landscape lighting, stepping stones or rock gardens to illuminate and pave the way to the hot tub
a patio table, outdoor chairs, benches or bar stools to provide comfortable seating when not in the hot tub
an umbrella, gazebo or awning to provide shade and shelter

 

.blogaccessoryimg2 Get the Most Out of Your New Hot Tub extra towels and bathing suits for guests that forget theirs
a bucket of flip flops for guests so they’ll know it’s time to kick off their socks and shoes and let loose
a variety of cold drinks and hot tub-friendly appetizers to keep people refreshed without getting too full
a great playlist to get everyone in the mood to party:

1. Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
2. The Weight – The Band
3. In the Summertime – Mango Jerry
4. I Heard it Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
5. Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
6. (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
7. Happy Together – The Turtles
8. Joy to the World – Three Dog Night
9. California Girls – The Beach Boys
10. Under the Boardwalk – The Drifters

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for more recommendations on making the most out of your Jacuzzi® hot tub during the first 100 days of ownership.

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