Are you one of the millions suffering from sleep deprivation? Does insomnia wake you every couple of hours, night after night? Does restless legs syndrome make it difficult to fall asleep? Whatever the cause, lack of sleep is probably affecting your mental, emotional and physical health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most adults need at least seven hours of sleep per night. In the United States, anywhere from 25% to 60% of people sleep fewer than seven hours, especially those aged 25 to 64. Ethnicity and geography also play a role, with higher rates of short sleep duration among minorities and people living in densely populated areas. According to some studies, men report a higher rate of insomnia than women.
A variety of chronic health conditions are associated with poor sleep, including higher rates of arthritis, depression, asthma, COPD, diabetes, heart attack and coronary heart disease. Not to mention symptoms like chronic fatigue, a weakened immune system and irritability. In addition to health effects, workplace performance, social relationships and family morale can suffer. So it’s a problem begging for a solution.
Hydrotherapy promotes healthy living and helps your body recalibrate. Soaking nightly at a consistent time helps to reset your internal clock and induce the body’s natural sleep mechanics. This may be especially important if you’ve become dependent on sleeping pills or other methods to fall sleep. Of course, before adjusting prescription medication or making other changes you should consult a healthcare provider.
According to the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation, effective coping strategies may include “taking hot or cold baths, massage, acupressure or relaxation techniques.” By combining these strategies, hydrotherapy is a logical choice. Marquis hot tubs offer additional spa therapy benefits like aromatherapy, chromotherapy, music therapy and oxygen skin therapy, all of which help to enhance relaxation and promote sleep.
Lastly, the use of electronic devices in the evening undermines sleep quality. Research indicates that digital screens emit wavelengths of light that suppress melatonin (a sleep hormone) and overstimulate the brain when it should be winding down. Fortunately, water doesn’t mix well with smartphones, tablets and laptops. So your hydrotherapy session is the perfect excuse to put the gadgets away, congregate as a couple or family and finish the day in peace and tranquility.