Everyone needs to sleep. As a human being, it is a basic necessity. It allows our bodies to rest and recharge, as well as improve our brain function.
But report after report seem to say one thing. We are not getting enough sleep; our lack of sleep is negatively affecting our lives; and we need to find ways to improve our sleep.
Sure, we can try to go to bed earlier, cut screen time and improve sleep habits. But sometimes trying to do that just makes us feel more frazzled — and that stress can hinder our efforts to sleep.
What if we told you better sleep was just 20 minutes away? And you would not feel stressed out — at all.
Spending time in a hot tub from Master Spas not only offers a chance to unwind and reconnect with loved ones at the end of the day, it can help you rest easier at night.
How a Hot Tub Helps You Sleep Better
- Reduces stress
- Reduces pain
- Changes body temperature
Importance of Sleep
Scientists are not exactly sure why we sleep. Theories include energy conservation, restoration and brain plasticity. One thought is that by being inactive at night, it helped protect us.
But one thing scientists can agree on: We need sleep.
According to the American Psychological Association, “even slight sleep deprivation or poor sleep can affect memory, judgment and mood.” Chronic sleep deprivation can negatively affect health, contributing to obesity and high blood pressure.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get seven to nine hours of sleep a night. About 35 percent of American adults, though, don’t get the suggested seven hours and the American average is 6.8 hours of sleep a night.
Hot Tub for Stress Relief
And research shows that “most Americans would be happier, healthier and safer if they were to sleep an extra 60 to 90 minutes per night,” the APA reports.
Stress and sleep are a vicious cycle. When we don’t get enough sleep, we feel more stressed. And when we are stressed, we are less likely to get good sleep.
While 35 percent of Americans don’t get enough sleep, adults who report higher stress levels are more likely not to get enough sleep.
Adults with high stress are more likely to say they are not getting enough sleep because their minds race (49 percent vs. 10 percent of adults with low stress).
The stress and lack of sleep can cause people to be irritable, less patient and sluggish.
But taking 20 minutes at the end of the day, as a practice in self care, can help reduce stress and improve sleep. A Master Spas hot tub can be a place where you take time to breathe and focus on calming techniques that you have found successful.
Hot Tub for Pain Relief
Pain, whether chronic or acute, can wreak havoc on our sleep. It stimulates the brain, making it more difficult to “turn off” and go to sleep. Pain also makes it harder to find a comfortable position in which to sleep and can interrupt the sleep cycle.
The massaging jets of a Master Spas hot tub can help work out some of the pain, helping you to feel better and sleep easier.
Many hot tub models from Master Spas feature the StressRelief Neck and Shoulder Seat™. The contoured lounge seat targets water at the areas where stress creeps up — the neck and shoulders. There’s also a built-in pillow so you can rest your head and relax as the water kneads away the pain.
The warm water also increases circulation, which can help ease aches and tension. Poor circulation is linked to joint and muscle cramping, which can make trying to go to sleep uncomfortable.
So sit in the contoured seat of a Master Spas hot tub, relax and feel your muscle aches and pains dissolve.
Hot Tub for Warm Water Therapy
There’s something calming and soothing about sinking into the warm water of the hot tub.
But the warm water in a hot tub, which can be up to 104 degrees, does more than just feel relaxing. The temperature of the water in a hot tub helps to increase your core body temperature. The difference might just be a degree or two but it can make a difference.
Why? It’s that slight chill when we get out of the warm water.
It might not feel great but it is good for your sleep. Research shows that the rapid decline in core body temperature improves the chance of sleep and helps you get into a deeper sleep. People who relax in warm water are reported to be less restless, especially in the first three hours of sleep.
Why You Should Want to Sleep Better
- Increased patience
- Improved mood
- Think more clearly
- Better immunity
- Lower risk of serious problems, such as diabetes and heart disease
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