5 Hot Tub Health Benefits You Didn't Know About...
- Improves Sleep.
Many people struggle with sleeping, suffering from chronic insomnia, sleep disorder or stress related sleep problems. Scientific studies suggest that a soak in a Hot Tub prior to bedtime can improve a deeper more relaxing sleep. Taking a soak in 38.9-degree water 1-2 hours before bedtime will relax you and re-set your body thermostat making it easier to both fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.
- Stress Relief.
There’s no better way to stimulate the body’s natural endorphin release than soaking in a hot tub. The heat increases blood flow and the therapeutic massage works out muscle soreness. Stress is a silent killer in our overworked culture. The resulting muscle tension, headaches, soreness and fatigue which can continue over time can lead to serious health problems. Not only does a spa’s buoyancy ease pressure on joints and muscles, the mood elevation and the natural relaxation response is a priceless way to improve health.
- Lowers Blood Sugar and Lower Blood Pressure
It has been said that spending time in the hot tub may actually lower the blood sugar level of people suffering from type 2 diabetes. In one study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, subjects with type 2 diabetes spent a half hour, six days per week for three weeks submerged to the shoulder in a hot tub. By the end of the three weeks, the subjects saw an average drop in blood glucose (BG) levels from 182 mg/dl to 159 mg/dl. Essentially, the hot temperatures in the tub simulate some of the effects of physical exercise – which has proven to be an effective form of treatment for sufferers of type 2 diabetes.
In addition to lowering levels of your blood sugar, relaxing in the hot tub can also lower your blood pressure. When you get in the tub and the temperature is hot, your heart works harder and faster so that your body can disperse excess heat. In the process, your increased blood flow is producing extra oxygen and your cells are being revitalized. While there may be an initial uptick in blood pressure, your increased warmth will cause cells to dilate, decreasing resistance against the heart and lowering your overall blood pressure. It should be noted that those with high blood pressure should avoid getting in and out of a Hot Tub in one sitting due to the quick change in temperature, as this may increase blood pressure.
- Improves Circulation.
Whether it’s being unable to play sports in winter because your hands and feet get too cold, or overall your circulation isn’t great, a hot tub can help improve that. The warm water and the bubbles increase your body temperature, this then dilates the blood vessels, thus improving circulation. It helps those with arthritis have better movement and less pain. They can also help improve the health of your lungs and heart, according to our resource; SteadyHealth.com.
- Ease Muscle Pain, Soothing Relief for Arthritis
For those of you that suffer or know someone who suffers with sports related injury, muscle pain or arthritis soaking in a Hot Tub for an hour is a safe and effective way to both minimise the discomfort and prevent further damage. The hydrotherapy from the jets can give you a range of therapeutic massages from deep tissue, directional, shiatsu and many more. Relieving your body of pain in your joints and muscles. According to a publication from The Arthritis Foundation entitled Spas, Pools, and Arthritis, “Regular sessions in your hot tub help keep joints moving. It restores and preserves strength and flexibility, whilst also protecting your joints from further damage. A hot tub provides warmth, massage, and buoyancy that is so necessary to the well-being of arthritis sufferers. The buoyancy of the water supports and lessens stress on the joints and encourages freer movement. Water exercises may even act as a resistance to help build muscle strength.