A 20-minute soak in your hot tub two hours before bedtime will help ease you into a restful slumber.
The heated water combined with jet massage raises your body temperature while relaxing tense muscles. After exiting your spa, the gradual cooling of your body’s temperature brings on drowsiness better preparing your body for a restful night.
2. GET OUTSIDE
Spending time outside in the fresh air increases the body’s natural melatonin hormone level, which helps you to not only fall asleep easier but to regulate your overall sleep cycle. Not to mention it’s a great excuse to spend a little time in the comfort and beauty of your hot tub installation.
Plan to spend at least 20 to 30 minutes out-of-doors each day. One great way to do so is in the hot tub. The combination of fresh air with a warm and soothing jet massage is ideal for bringing on sleep.
3. TURN OFF YOUR SCREENS
Blue light, which comes from electronics like smartphones, tablets, and laptops, can actually reduce your melatonin levels, tricking your body into thinking it is still daytime. Even watching TV can inhibit sleep. For best results, turn off all screens and bright lights at least an hour or two before bedtime. If you can’t give up your screen time, try downloading an app to block blue light on your phone or tablet. A program like f.lux has a similar impact on your computer.
4. AVOID CAFFEINE AND ALCOHOL
Caffeine may be a great stimulant to get you moving in the morning, but it should not be consumed at night if you have trouble sleeping. Unless you are drinking a decaffeinated version, avoid coffee and tea in the evening. Cola drinks and chocolate are also a bad idea if you are sensitive to the effects of caffeine.
It can be tempting to relax in the hot tub with a glass of wine or a nice cold beer, but it is the worst thing you can do for your body. Alcohol negatively impacts your body’s melatonin production as well as its circadian rhythms, both of which directly influence your sleep cycle.
5. TEMPERATURE IS KEY
Keep your bedroom cool. When a room is too warm, it makes it harder for your body to fall into a restful sleep. If you use your hot tub before bed, having your room too warm will inhibit your body’s ability to cool down. Setting the temperature at about 20 degrees Celsius will keep the room comfortable and aid in the cooling process your body undergoes to ease into sleep.
VISIT OUR EDMONTON HOT TUB STORE
If you have trouble sleeping and want to know more about the positive impacts that hot tub therapy can have on your nightly rest, come visit us at Sundance Spas of Edmonton. Drop into our showroom, located in Alberta’s capital city, or call us at 780-451-5542 to speak to one of our hot tub experts. At our Edmonton hot tub store, you’ll find a variety of backyard essentials, including hot tubs for sale. We have everything you need to keep your spa in tip-top shape from that essential hot tub filter to hot tub water care products.