The Complete Guide to Hot Tub Health Benefits
A high-quality Jacuzzi® hot tub can improve your quality of life in many ways, including some that you may have never imagined. Not only do hot tubs bring families and friends together to do things like enjoy the night sky, watch the sun set or just simply enjoy each other’s company, but they can also offer far-reaching benefits for your overall health and well-being.
Incorporating hot tub usage as hydrotherapy into your daily routine can provide the following amazing health benefits.
Decreased Anxiety and Stress
Hectic routines involving multitasking, traffic and running the kids around can be a source of stress and anxiety. Soaking in the hot tub for as little as 15 minutes before you leave for work can help you begin your day feeling relaxed and focused. At night, a quick soak can help you unwind and prepare you for restful sleep.
Relief from Arthritis Pain
Using a hot tub can provide an effective way to apply heat to arthritic joints. This can result in muscle relaxation, decreased pain and stiffness, and greater ease and range of motion when exercising or performing daily activities.
Lowers Diabetic Blood Sugar Levels
According to a study conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine, taking the time to bathe in a hot tub can simulate some of the beneficial effects of exercise. Therefore, patients with Type 2 diabetes who soak in a hot tub for 30 minutes per day, 6 days per week for 6 weeks, can experience a reduction in blood sugar levels by an average of 13 per cent.[i]
Did you know that psychological factors like stress, anxiety and depression are some of the most common causes of insomnia? According to the Canadian Sleep Society, some medical illnesses can also disrupt your sleep patterns, especially if they cause pain. Although some may require treatment from a physician or assistance from prescription medication, some do find relief through a more natural approach. This can include creating a healthy bedtime routine and creating an environment geared toward regular sleep patterns.
The Canadian Sleep Society recommends:
- Learning how to relax, to help ease feelings of stress and anxiety if they are contributing to the problem
- Giving yourself at least one hour to relax and unwind before bedtime
- Only go to bed when you are feeling sleepy and exit the bed if you cannot sleep
- Maintaining a good sleep hygiene, meaning avoid stimulants like coffee and alcohol several hours before bedtime, as well as rigorous exercise.[ii]
Soaking in a hot tub can be seamlessly integrated into just about any healthy bedtime routine. The warm water combined with the feeling of weightlessness and the gentle rocking motion created by the jets is the perfect environment to help you prepare for a full night of rest. Not to mention that hot tubs can often help reduce stress, soothe sore joints and even reduce muscle tension, making it much easier to fall asleep and then stay asleep.
If you suffer from insomnia or another sleep disorder, speak with your physician about how soaking in a hot tub as part of a nightly bedtime routine could help.
Lower Blood Pressure
According to a recent Mayo Clinic study, relaxing in a hot tub can be very beneficial for heart disease patients. This study even showed that relaxing in a hot tub is significantly less stressful on the heart than using an exercise bike and that soaking for just 15 minutes can lower blood pressure.[iii]
How Hot Tubs Can Improve Your Overall Quality of Life
Now that we’ve covered all the research behind the benefits of soaking in a hot tub, let’s look at some of the most basic, but highly important, reasons that hot tubs can help improve quality of life.
Spend time with family and friends, immersed in warm water and soaking your cares away together.
The Great Outdoors
Taking a pause to enjoy starry nights, beautiful sunsets, and changing leaves.
Be your best self, every day, by relieving stress, aches and pains, and reaping mental benefits.
It just doesn’t get any better than having your very own hot tub!
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[i] The New England Journal of Medicine | Hot Tub Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Available: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199909163411216. [Accessed: 2019-04-25].
[iii] Mayo Clinic | Cardiovascular Responses to Immersion in a Hot Tub in Comparison with Exercise in Male Subjects with Coronary Artery Disease. Available: https://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(12)60014-7/abstract. [Accessed: 2019-04-25].