November is National Sleep Comfort Month. Millions of Americans have difficulty disconnecting from daily life enough to get a good night’s sleep. Here are Oregon Hot Tub’s recommendations for a routine to get yourself off to slumberland and experience a sleep session that will help you wake well rested and refreshed.
- One hour before bed, cease watching TV and using your computer and any other electronic device.
- Make sure any extraneous noise is silenced. Even a ticking clock or dripping faucet can rob you of sleep. If all of it can’t be eliminated, a fan, cleaner or sound conditioner will help create white noise to mask sleep-depriving noise. (Ear plugs might also be a good idea.)
- Make yourself a nice warm cup of chamomile tea. Dim the lights in your bedroom, get undressed, don your robe and turn on some nice soothing music while you drink your tea.
- Grab a big fluffy towel and toss it in the dryer on low heat for about 10-15 minutes.
- Head out to the hot tub and take a soak. Stay in your hot tub for a minimum of 15 minutes, a maximum of 30 minutes. Elevating your body’s core temperature about 45 minutes before bed will allow your body to cool down once you exit the tub. This will signal your mind that it is time to sleep.
- Grab that big fluffy towel (now just the right amount of warmth in it from the dryer) to towel off.
- Do the rest of your pre-bedtime tasks (brush your teeth, moisturize, etc.) and hop into bed.
This little routine can definitely get you on your way to a peaceful night of sleep. Studies show soaking in a hot tub around an hour before bed helps your body relax and enter into REM sleep much more quickly. You’ll also find your chances to sleep through the night increase exponentially.
Did you know…? Hot Spring is the only brand of hot tub ever to sponsor the National Sleep Foundation. Why? The unique jetting in Hot Spring Spas teamed up with hot water is proven to be a terrific sleep aid!
Find other hints and products to help you get that much valued good night’s rest on the Foundation’s website at www.sleepfoundation.org.