Many people suffer from insomnia which is defined as persistent difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep or sleep of poor quality. Sleep researcher believe that a person's hectic lifestyle, and stress cause many cases of insomnia. Insomnia is typically followed by functional impairment while awake. The result of lack of sleep can cause battered nerves, grogginess, lapses in memory, depression, and erratic mood swings. Soaking in a hot tub before going to bed can help relieve stress, promote relaxation, and lead to a deep and more peaceful sleep. The scientific journal, Sleep, conducted a study that showed a drop in body temperature can help to ease the body into a relaxing and sound sleep.
- Plan an evening ritual of a 15-minute soak in a hot tub (103F degrees) approximately 90 minutes before bedtime. This causes the body's internal thermostat to pull the body's temperature down, enabling you to fall asleep and stay asleep easier.
- Hot tub-induced relaxation and sleep is a natural remedy for insomnia. Alternative sleeping aids such as prescription drugs, over-the-counter remedies and alcohol may make you feel groggy but can have other adverse side effects.
- There are no adverse side effects to the sleep inducted by lowering the body's temperature.
National Sleep Study
The National Sleep Foundation conducted a poll on sleep disorders. They found that approximately 132 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. These include mild to chronic insomnia, pauses in breathing and snoring. The results of the poll found:
- 48% of women suffer from insomnia more than one night a week.
- 38% of men women suffer from insomnia more than one night a week.
- This number is rising as evidenced by the growing number of sleep disorder centers across the country with approximately 3,000 in the U.S.