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Ask Dr Hilary - Insomnia

Hot Tubs are the best way to provide the full benefits of hydrotherapy in the home environment. Hydrotherapy and hot water are the perfect combination to relax the body to prepare for a deep sleep. 1 hour in a hot tub can trigger a sleep pattern difficult to accomplish by any other means. Click the video below or read on to find out what Dr Hilary has to say regarding hot tubs and insomnia.

Dr Hilary on hot tubs and insomnia!

Hi I'm Dr Hilary Jones and I'd like to talk to you about considering using a hot tub if you suffer from insomnia.

Research shows that about 50% of the British population suffer from some kind of insomnia. Either insufficient sleep poor quality sleep. In fact it's the second leading reason why people go and see doctors like myself. Usually the cause of the insomnia is hectic stress filled lifestyle. This results in poor concentration, memory loss, irritability, mood swings, daytime drowsiness and even anxiety and depression at times.

Traditionally doctors have approached this by saying make sure you have a comfortable mattress, cut out too much noise and light, don't have any stimulants like caffeine and don't eat too late at night. But sometimes these things aren't possible and certainly, pharmaceutical intervention such as using sleeping pills isn't always the best solution.

I think there is a better one. Bathing in your hot tub for up-to 90 minutes can trigger your inner thermostat to lower your body temperature which really helps to induce a nice relaxing sleep. The hydrotherapy eases any muscle tension and joint pain and at the same time the soothing sensations of weightlessness and buoyancy and the massage of the warm water bubbles can really induce a nice state of mind where anxiety, stress and tension are abolished.

Combine the physical affects of hydrotherapy with the mental relaxation and what you have is good sleep and a much better chance of being refreshed and revitalized the next day.