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