Monday, September 19, 2011

HOT TUBS & YOUR HEALTH: HEALING ANXIETY & INSOMNIA

Stress and Anxiety have become a normal part of everyday life.  In Merriam-Webster’s definition of stress, they give a few examples of people suffering from stress. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stress
Examples of stress:
             1.     She uses meditation as a way of reducing stress.
             2.     Hormones are released into the body in response to emotional stress.
             3.     She is dealing with the stresses of working full-time and going to school.

Though these may not be your reasons for stress, no one in the modern world can go throughout their life without feeling stress. Stress can show itself in a form of many different symptoms – though one of the most common presenting symptoms is insomnia.
If you suffer from insomnia, you know about the vicious cycle that insomnia and anxiety work together to create. One feels anxious so they cannot sleep, and their anxiety levels get higher and higher due to lack of sleep.
Effects of lack of sleep can include:
-          Irritability
-          Yawning
-          Headaches
-          Muscle Aches
-          Difficulty with concentration or decision making
-          Slower reaction time
For more of the surprising effects that lack of sleep can have on a person – take a look at this article http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/10-surprising-results
So what can we do to stop the cycle in its tracks? Practice good sleep habits. If you have been researching ways to improve your sleep habits, you have probably heard many different ideas from many different sources. One of the most accepted ways to practice good sleep habits is through relaxation before bed, and what can be more relaxing than a hot tub? See our article on Achieving Total Relaxation. 
A study conducted by the Journal of Physiological Anthropological Applied Human Science found that soaking in hot water before bedtime helped participants fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.  (Not many studies have been done on the relation of body core temperature to the relationship of sleep, but this could be one of the reasons that hot tubs help with insomnia.) It has been found that cold room temperatures (under 60 degrees Fahrenheit) can lead to restlessness in sleep.
Healing insomnia through a hot tub could be caused by: body core temperature raised, or the relaxation that comes from use of a hot tub. What do you think? Either way, it has been tested and proven by many people that a hot tub will help relieve insomnia and stress, therefore stopping the anxiety cycle in its tracks. Try it out for yourself!
For more information on the healing of anxiety and insomnia through use of a hot tub – visit our factory showroom. Be sure to speak with your doctor about the using a hot tub for insomnia/anxiety relief, to see if it is the right fit for your lifestyle.

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