How to Fix Your Insomnia: Case Studies Based on Research
Sleepless nights happen to the best of us. We toss and turn, count sheep and fidget until we finally dose off. However, some people experience sleeplessness every night, in the form of insomnia. If you have trouble sleeping every night you may be wondering if you can you treat your insomnia. The answer is yes.
What is insomnia?
When you cannot fall asleep or stay asleep for prolonged periods of time, this is called insomnia. There are two types: acute and chronic. Acute insomnia is caused by life circumstances; for instance, if you have a big meeting the next day, an exam or are waiting to receive important news. On the other hand, chronic insomnia occurs at a minimum three nights a week for three months or more. Chronic insomnia can be triggered by environmental changes, shift work, certain medications, underlying psychiatric or clinical disorders, and unhealthy sleep habits. The symptoms of acute and chronic insomnia are the same because when we experience broken sleep or do not sleep at all, we will feel extreme fatigue, low energy and have trouble concentrating. In addition, insomnia can lead to decreased performance at your job/school or mood imbalances.
Treat your insomnia with a soothing soak
In order to create better sleep patterns and fall asleep the moment our head hits the pillow, researchers suggest soaking in a hot tub for about 20 minutes 2-4 hours before bed. Our body temperature naturally drops while we sleep but if we can go to bed with our body temperature a few degrees higher, we’ll experience sound sleep. A study performed by Taiwanese researchers looked into the sleep patterns of 15 elders who suffered from insomnia. The elders were allowed to soak their feet in warm baths a few hours prior to sleep on some nights while other nights they were sent to bed without a soothing footbath. This lead researchers to discover that on the nights were the elders were able to relax in the footbath they were able to enjoy a fruitful night’s sleep, whereas on the night’s where there was no bath, they experienced insomnia as usual.
How hot tubs help you get a good night’s sleep
Like the Taiwanese researchers discovered, a warm bath a few hours prior to bed will ensure you get a good night’s sleep. The benefits of hot tubbing before bed extend beyond a treatment for insomnia. By soaking for 20 minutes you can enjoy relief from arthritis, muscle pain, headaches, sore joints, and lower blood pressure. Hot tubbing also helps you heal faster and relieves some of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, the tub’s jets provide a soothing massage to put you at your most relaxed. Beachcomber hot tubs in particular are perfect for treating insomnia, lowering blood pressure and giving you a nice relaxing getaway in your very own home or backyard. You can treat your insomnia with the hydrotherapeutic benefits of a hot tub. Please contact Seaway for more information about our Beachcomber products. Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep.