The Health Benefits of Soaking in a Hot Tub

Hot Tub Holidays Suffolk - Outlining Key Health Benefits

One of our unique selling points, and a firm favourite of our visitors, at Windmill Lodges are our private hot tubs – all of our chalets have one which you can use and relaxing in at your leisure when staying in one of our lodges. Here we look at some of the health benefits of enjoying a good soak on hot tub holidays in the heart of Suffolk.

Better Sleep

One study, published by the American National Institute of Health, have suggested that soaking in a hot tub before going to bed improves the length and quality of your sleep. The change in body temperature post-soak can mean fewer interruptions during sleep and a lower chance of waking up during the night.

This is because, once you get out of the water and the air begins to cool your body temperature down, your brain signals that is time for bed and begins to relax in a manner that is more conductive for restful sleep.

Other studies have suggested that a warm soak before bed may also help to alleviate the symptoms of insomnia – making an evening soak after a long day a perfect end to the day during your stay at Windmill Lodges.

However, medical advice says you should probably leave a gap of around 90 minutes between your hot tub soak and going to bed to allow your body temperature enough time to stabilise.

Better Circulation

Along with improved sleep, soaking in warm water can also aid your blood circulation.

As you relax in your hot tub your blood vessels will expand, making it easier for your blood to move through your body. This will help oxygenate your blood, meaning that your blood vessels will be able to pass oxygen through your system more effectively and will allow the blood to move to the muscles that require it the most. This can be great for muscle recovery after a day of activity, perhaps after a long walk along one of the many nature trails close to our Saxtead base.

Expanding your blood vessels also reduces the work your heart needs to do to pump your blood throughout your body, reducing the strain it can be placed under.

Reduction of Anxiety and Stress

Spending a few minutes in a hot tub every day can help relieve the stresses and strains of everyday life – particularly if you are enjoying a relaxing break in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, well away from the hustle and bustle of town or city life.

In scientific terms, submerging yourself in water provides a gentle compression around your entire body, much like a warm hug. This helps release so-called ‘feel-good’ endorphins that can calm your nervous system and bring feelings of comfort and relaxation.

Pain Relief

As mentioned above in relation to recovering after a day of physical activity, spending time relaxing in a hot tub can relax tense muscles, joints and tendons. Arthritis sufferers should find that the hot water eases the stiffness and inflammation that causes their pain and people who suffer from fibromyalgia (pain in the muscles and bones as well as general fatigue) may also benefit from regularly spending time in a tub.

Aiding Recovery

If you have suffered a (muscular) injury, then a hot tub could help speed up your recovery. This is because hydrotherapy (the use of water as a treatment) works well with injuries as it supports so much of your body weight in the water – as the buoyancy lessens the force of gravity, the injury becomes less painful and therapeutic movement can be achieved with less resistance.

A Word of Warning

At Windmill Lodges we recommend that anyone currently on medication, or with a history of heart disease, diabetes, or high or low blood pressure, should consult their doctor before using any of our hot tubs. Some medications may cause drowsiness, while others may affect the heart rate, blood pressure and circulation.

And pregnant women (or women who think they may be pregnant) should also seek medical advice as excessive water temperatures have a high potential for foetal damage during the early months of pregnancy.

Healthy Holidays in Suffolk at Windmill Lodges

There’s plenty of other healthy activities you can enjoy during your stay with us. Our swimming pool is open during the summer months and there are plenty of walks to enjoy as we are very close to the Suffolk & Essex Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Check out the Sporting Suffolk section of our local area page – there’s plenty of activities on hand to keep you fit and active during your break at Windmill Lodges. If you would like to know more about any of our lodges, follow this link.