Hot tubs are relaxing and fun, but not many people know that there are many therapeutic and health benefits from regularly using a hot tub. If you are experiencing any of the side effects listed below, perhaps now is the time to invest in a hot tub to help improve your quality of life. Still skeptical? Here are the top three benefits you can experience from a hot tub.
1) Decreased stress and anxiety
Perhaps the most well known benefit of using a hot tub is the reduction of stress and anxiety. Both mental and physical stress can be reduced by regularly using a hot tub. The combination of the hot water with the weightless sensation and pulsating jets can significantly relieve tension and reduce anxiety. For those who are experiencing anxiety, a common side effect is lack of sleep or poor sleep quality. Hot tubs can help with that as well. Warming the body in a hot tub just before bed can help you fall asleep faster and also reduce sleep disruptions throughout the night. Getting plenty of good REM sleep has many benefits including improved mood, mental clarity, and improved metabolism.
2) Improved blood circulation
Not only does the buoyancy of a hot tub help those who cannot participate in high-impact exercise out of the water, hot tubs can also dilate blood vessels as the body temperature rises. This results in improved circulation which has many benefits. And, for diabetics, this can also lower blood sugar. As soaking in the hot tub causes you to relax, this can cause the blood pressure to lower as well. Improved circulation can also relieve tension headaches which can also prevent the onset of migraines.
3) Pain Regulation
There are many stories of people experiencing pain relief after regularly soaking in a hot tub. Sunset Pools & Spas, a company which installs in ground hot tubs in Chicago, says, “Soaking in the hot water along with the massage of the pulsating jets can relieve muscle tension which can reduce pain, even chronic pain, and sore muscles. Additionally, people who suffer with arthritis or are recovering from joint damage can experience relief of inflammation as the muscles relax while soaking in a hot tub.”
Stress relief, pain reduction, and improved circulation are just a few of the many benefits that soaking in a hot tub can bring. And, more health benefits may still be found with new studies. So grab your swimsuit and go take a dip!