We've discussed the difficulties that many people have sleeping and 132 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders more than one night a week according to theThe National Sleep Foundation and have offered many tips for getting a better night's sleep.
There are dozens of ideas out there, and if you have difficulty sleeping, you've probably heard many of them. Our advice is to try what makes sense to you and discover what really works.
We've also told you how spending time in your hot tub before bedtime can help you fall asleep faster and get a better, deeper night's sleep. That's because we've read the research and learned about the biological mechanisms at play.
Who Says So? You!
Research isn't the only reason we believe a hot tub can be an ideal sleep aid. That's because we've heard from you.
We continually hear from customer who tell us how their hot tubs have changed their lives and improved their sleep. And with a better night's sleep comes a more productive day.
Maybe that outside opinion is just what you need to finally give soaking before bed a try.
Here's what some Caldera owners have told us recently:
" In the five months since we've had the spa, I think I have only gone to bed maybe five times without using it. Yes, I've used it in daytime, but the primary use for me is to unwind at the end of the day so I can get a good night's sleep. 15-20 minutes before bedtime and I sleep like a baby. "
Geneva owner, Arlington, TX
" I've had my Niagara Spa for about a month now and am truly loving it. A 20 minute soak late at night means a sound and restful sleep! "
Niagara owner, Sterling, VA
" We have owned our spa for a month and we have used it nearly every night. It helps us recover from the day and sleep like babies! "
Salina owner, Hendersonville, TN
"I've had both my knees surgically repaired and after any activity I use my spa to recover. I use it in the morning before work and at night to help sleep. Wouldn't live without one. "
Salina owner, London, ON Canada
" We bought almost 11 years ago and still love it. When the pumps are going it is like being in a massage. Gives you a lot of relaxation and you sleep like a baby the whole night. "
Martinique owner, Iceland
" I am a restless sleeper and love to go out in the early morning and jump in. Twenty minutes later, I can get back in bed and sleep the rest of the night. "
Cantabria owner, Swedesboro, NJ
" It is so relaxing. After being in (our hot tub) we sleep so much better. I have neuropathy in my feet and it helps reduce the burning and tingling so I can rest so much better. "
Vanto owner, Rapid City, SD
" I mostly bought this spa for my wife, but I think I have used it much more than her so far. I am surprised at how much it relaxes me in the evening and improves my sleep quality. "
Geneva owner, Bristol, TN
" We have owned our spa for only three months, but it has made such a positive impact on my physical and mental well-being. And I sleep so well at night after a soak! "
Makena owner, Raleigh, NC
" Since purchasing the spa, it has helped me tremendously deal with my arthritis. Just a 15 minute soak each night helps me and my wife go right to sleep and get a deeper sleep. "
Marino owner, Wilmington, NC
" Easy to care for and came through a tough NY winter just fine! Use it a lot and love it. Best thing just before bed. Sleep so much better. "
Martinique owner, Avon, NY
Why Does Your Hot Tub Help?
The obvious answer is that spending time in your hot tub helps relax your body and your mind, preparing you for sleep. The water's buoyancy helps decompress joints while the water temperature increases circulation, and decreases blood pressure and heart rate. You enter a relaxed state that you can maintain until you go to bed. But that's not all that's at play here.
Sleep is normally preceded by a drop in body temperature. As you soak in your hot tub, your body temperature increases. After you leave the hot tub and settle in for the night, the body temperature you gained begins to normalize and decrease. That drop in core temperature signals to your brain that it's time to sleep.
You can enhance that mechanism by assisting the cooling process by keeping your bedroom cool. The National Sleep Foundation suggests keeping your room between 60 and 67 degrees F, while keeping your room free of noise and other distractions.
What Else Helps?
There are many other tips to try in order to sleep better. Make sure you exercise regularly, avoid caffeine and alcohol, and try to maintain a regular sleep schedule.
For a longer list of science-based sleep tips, look through this Huffington Post article and see if any of the many suggestions make sense for you. Best of all, if you have a hot tub, use it before bed. If you don't, maybe it's time for a new investment in your overall well-being!
What Do You Think?
We've heard from many of our customers who say their hot tub helps their sleep. What about you? Do you use your hot tub regularly at night before bedtime as a way to sleep better? How has it changed you? Do you feel better during the day as a result of sleeping better? What other tricks do you use for getting a better night's sleep that you can pass along? We'll post your response here, which could help others get a better night's sleep.
For more great sleep tips, be sure to check out our friends at The Warm Milk Journal.
Need more sleep tips? Check out these great sleep resources:
- Sleeping Tips & Tricks - National Sleep Foundation
- 37 Science-Backed Tips For Better Sleep Tonight
- Top 15 Better Sleep Tips
- Sleep tips: 7 steps to better sleep
- 37 Science-Backed Tips For Better Sleep Tonight
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