(get a good night’s rest the natural way)
Guess who had a hot tub soak 90 minutes before departure?
(hint: not the lady in the background)
A study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropological Applied Human Science found that soaking in warm water 90 minutes before bedtime helped participants fall asleep faster, move less during slumber and enter deeper states of REM sleep. When you get out of the hot tub, your body cools down and enters a state similar to sleep, signaling the brain that bedtime is near.
Also, it’s easier to sleep when you’re not in pain. A hot tub’s heat, massage, and the effect of buoyancy drives lactic acid out of the muscles, lessening pain. Using a hot tub for just 15 minutes about 90 minutes before bedtime can help you lie down without the discomfort of pain.
Also, it calms your racing mind by decreasing pre-bedtime stimulus. Sleep experts recommend we clear our minds and eliminate distractions such as electronic devices in order to calm ourselves for sleep.
Plus, as a bonus, it can also help you get a great start to your morning! A quick soak in a hot tub in the morning after a restful night wakes the heart and other muscles. The deep, penetrating heat limbers up muscles so you’re good to go for the rest of the day.