5 Health Benefits of Soaking in a Hot Tub
Have you ever gotten out of a hot tub feeling much better than when you got in? It turns out that feeling better after a hot tub soak isn’t all in your head. Some studies suggest that there are measurable benefits to submerging yourself in a hot tub. If you’ve been considering purchasing a spa or Jacuzzi, these five health benefits might convince you to take the leap and get one for your home.
According to the National Institute of Health, 70 million of us don’t sleep very well, suffering from a variety of insomnia issues and other sleep disorders. Sleep (a scientific journal) decided to put the idea that a hot tub makes you sleep better to the test. Results indicated that soaking in 102 degree water 2–3 hours before bedtime might help you achieve a deeper, more relaxing sleep. Soaking in a hot tub acts to reset the body’s thermostat. Expect to fall asleep easier and to have more restorative sleep after soaking in a hot tub.
In addition to the undeniable temporary feeling of relaxation from massaging jets and weightlessness, there are real reasons you feel less anxious in general when incorporating a hot tub soak into your daily routine. Hot water increases blood flow in your body, stimulating the release of natural endorphins that promote healing and make you feel good. Chronic stress has been called the silent killer in a culture that routinely puts in 40+ hour work weeks. To help reduce those headaches, tense muscles, and fatigue, a hot tub soak gives you an excuse to do nothing and feel good about it.
Reduced Chronic Pain
The physical and psychological pain of chronic diseases, like arthritis, can be remedied through regular hot tub soaking. It’s no surprise that doctors have been recommending hydrotherapy to arthritis for decades. Water movement provides for enhanced flexibility, strength, and even greater range of motion in hurting joints. The key is inflammation reduction, which is found through the weightlessness of floating in water, and better blood circulation from heat.
Beneficial for Diabetics
Before all you Type 2 diabetes sufferers jump into the nearest hot tub, keep in mind that more research is needed to determine whether there is a benefit to diabetics from hot tub soaking. Consult with your doctor to make sure hot tubbing is safe for you. According the latest research, it seems that submerging in hot water up to shoulder level, six days a week, thirty minutes at a time, may reduce blood sugar levels. The hot tub heat simulates the result of physical exercise, which is a longstanding doctor recommendation in treating the effects of Type 2 diabetes.
Migraine sufferers are well aware that there aren’t many treatment options when their episodes occur. As we’ve already mentioned, a hot tub soak has the pleasant side effect of reducing tension. Since tension headaches are a frequent precursor to a migraine, relaxation may help reduce the duration and severity of migraines.
Studies are starting to piece together that having a nice, long soak in a hot tub helps to improve the quality of health for regular users. Even if you may not notice the health benefits right away,
The bottom line is that people have known for centuries that the human body feels better after soaking in hot water. Studies are starting to put numbers together that indicate there are a variety of health benefits inherent in the practice. One thing is certain: It wouldn’t hurt to try. And the relaxation that comes from soaking in a hot tub is always a welcome form of respite.
Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband. She enjoys soaking in her hot tub in her free time and hopes you will as well now that you know the benefits of doing so!