November is National Sleep Comfort month. It’s well known that getting a good night’s sleep is key to our bodies and our minds. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that an estimated 50-70 million adults in the U.S. experience a sleep or wakefulness disorder! They also noted that those who experience a sleep deficit are more prone to suffer from chronic diseases: hypertension, depression, obesity & diabetes among those cited.
Getting 7-8 hours of sleep as an adult seems to be the key average to get recharged and feel refreshed, alert and productive during the day.
If you do have trouble getting to sleep and having a restful night of slumber with fewer wakeup interruptions, your Jacuzzi or sauna could very well be the key.
When you soak in a hot tub or take a sauna about 45 minutes to one hour before you hit the sheets, you’ll discover you will not only feel more relaxed, you’ll also be setting your body up for success to get that much-needed shut-eye.
A number of things happen to your body and mind when you make a hot tub soak or sauna session part of your getting-ready-to-go-to-sleep routine:
- Your body will experience an increase in endorphins, the body’s “feel good” chemical. This will help improve mood, as well as relax your body and set you up for a great night’s sleep.
- Soaking in hot water or a toasty sauna will elevate your body’s core temperature. In about 45 minutes, your body will start to cool off and regulate. This cooling off triggers the mind that it’s time to rest. You’ll not only fall asleep faster, but also achieve REM sleep quicker. You’ll also likely find yourself sleeping more successfully throughout the night.
- Because both the sauna and Jacuzzi will release muscle and joint tension, you’ll find that you’ll wake up refreshed with fewer of the morning aches many of us often experience.
If you haven’t made your Jacuzzi or sauna part of your nightly sleep prep routine, give it a try! You’ll be amazed at the difference it will make in achieving a successful night of rest.