Your Guide To Better Sleep: How To Hot Tub For a Night Well Slept

Wood fired hot tub with Jillian Harris and Justin Pasutto

Can a hot tub help you sleep better?

Scientifically, the answer is yes. Anecdotally, all one needs is to experience the quiet warmth of a cedar hot tub to realize how unequivocally relaxing and utterly restorative its embrace on mind, body and soul. Leading to a holistic sense of rejuvenation, hot tubbing not only bolsters cognitive function and contributes to better overall health, but lends itself to a quality sleep that transcends mere rest.

The enchantment of a wood-fired hot tub is that it has so much more to offer than a regular hot tub. Disconnected from the bells and whistles, it connects us to nature, to the present moment, to the sound of the fire crackling and to those we share the soak with. It lends itself to the pursuit of a peaceful nights sleep like no other type of hot tub can. It's beauty is in its simplicity, where all we need is a clean source of water, and the build of the fire to heat it. 

Sleep is a fundamental ingredient for a life well lived. It goes without saying that sleep has a profound influence on physical and mental well-being. Quality sleep contributes to improved mood, heightened cognitive abilities, and a fortified immune system. Everyone who's experienced a lack of it knows, we need deep, quality and consistent sleep to be at our best. Conversely, sleep deprivation is linked to increased stress, impaired concentration, and heightened susceptibility to illnesses. 

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How wood burning hot tubs promote better sleep

The very essence of wood fired hot tubs is that they allow us to forge a better path. To take pause so we can really know what it is to experience the world that surrounds us. To really listen to the conversation that unfolds among those we share the soak with, and to be fully present for those that sit beside us. Soaking in one allows us to inhale the moment and to experience it more deeply. As the stars shine above and the steam rises off the water, our bodies soak in the embrace of its warm warmth that our two hands created by lighting the flames of the fire. Taking in the sensory experience, the burning of the wood, the fragrance of the forest or the salty air as waves wash up on shore, we take notice of the stillness of the world around us in a way that would otherwise be deterred by jets, lights, speakers and chemicals coming off the water in a regular hot tub. Soaking in a cedar hot tub is to choose to be still in that moment, so that all those that follow can be better lived. 

Numerous studies underscore the importance of consistent optimal sleep durations, correlating with lower rates of chronic diseases and enhanced overall health. Sleep emerges as a cornerstone of a healthy and balanced life, fertilizing a root system of holistic well being. Sleep disorders have reached peak levels globally, fueled by factors such as increased screen time, work-related stress, and environmental disruptions. Notably, the World Health Organization recognizes sleep disorders as a public health issue. Beyond immediate health implications, the surge in sleep disorders has broader societal and economic consequences. Productivity losses, increased healthcare costs, and a diminished quality of life for affected individuals underscore the urgency of addressing this global concern.

Simply put, we can't live a good life without sleep. Hot water immersion in a wood burning hot tub offers a truly unique experience that lends itself to a deeper sense of rest. Taking the time from our busy schedules to find contentment for our own sake isn't something that most of us adopt in our regular nightly programming, and yet when we do, there's a depth to the calm that can be felt mentally and physically beyond the moments spent in the tub. The gentle rise in body temperature induces relaxation and upon exiting the tub, the subsequent drop mirrors the body's natural winding-down process. This signals to the brain that it's time to relax, setting the stage for a deeper night's sleep. 

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Benefits of soaking in a hot tub

When looking at how wood burning hot tubs can help support better sleep, the therapeutic advantages of hydrotherapy deserve special attention. Hydrotherapy, involving the use of water for physical and psychological healing, offers a trifecta of benefits—alleviating muscle tension, improving blood circulation, and promoting relaxation. These combined effects make it an excellent choice for those seeking to enhance sleep quality. Hot water therapy has numerous benefits backed by science:

  • Activates circulation and raises heart rate by stimulating the body systems
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Fires up the lymphatic system
  • Reduces swelling and inflammation
  • Relieces sore muscles
  • Improves mood and releases endorphins
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Lowered body fat
  • Accelerated healing
  • Increased blood flow to the skin and muscles
  • And some even claim a longer life

Each of these in their own right resulting in an unwinding, peacefulness, and introspection, so that by the time you reach the moment of rest, it's fully engaged in the benefits of hot water therapy; relaxing the muscles, flushing toxins and resetting the brain. 

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Reaping the full benefits of hydrotherapy can take as little as 15 to 30 minutes. Within this timeframe, the buoyancy, massage, and warmth of the water effectively address muscle tension, improve blood circulation, and promote overall relaxation. This gradual shift in body temperature maximizes the sleep-enhancing benefits of the outdoor soaking tub. Regular nightly soaks correlate with a remarkable improvement in sleep, turning faster sleep onset and resulting in longer periods of deep slumber. When determining the ideal duration for an individual's hydrotherapy session, it's essential to consider personal comfort, health factors, and any specific recommendations from healthcare professionals.

Research suggests that exposure to natural environments, commonly referred to as "green spaces," positively influences sleep quality. The calming effects of nature, characterized by fresh air, natural light, and serene surroundings, reduce stress and anxiety, promoting a sense of tranquility—all contributing to improved sleep.

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Wood fired hot tubs invite individuals to slow down and immerse themselves in a natural setting. The warmth of the water combined with the sensory experience of being outdoors creates a harmonious environment conducive to relaxation. The gentle crackle of the fire, the soothing sounds of the outdoors, free from the hum of electric motors or technological distractions, the scent of cedar, and the rhythmic sounds of nature all contribute to a multi-sensory experience that goes beyond the mere act of soaking in warm water. These elements collectively foster a serene ambiance, facilitating the mental and emotional transition necessary for a restful night's sleep.

Made from Canadian Western Red Cedar, the cedar hot tub is truly unique in that it enhances the overall sensory experience of soaking with the wood’s earthy aroma. Cedar, known for its calming properties, plays a pivotal role in enhancing the relaxation benefits of AlumiTubs. Essential oils derived from Cedar have been shown to help relax the body, reduce harmful stress, ease tension, clear the mind, and encourage the onset of quality sleep.

Elevating Sleep Quality Through Shared Experiences

Beyond the benefits of hydrotherapy in promoting restful sleep, AlumiTubs wood fired hot tubs offer a unique opportunity to enhance the sleep experience by creating a space for relaxation and connection with loved ones. Undeterred by the noise of traditional hot tubs, and yet made functionally for unparalleled heat performance and easy maintenance, it's enduring materials and precision handcrafted design lend itself to a better way to hot tub. It makes time spent in nature feel second nature. Creating shared moments spent gathering leisurely around the fire as it heats the water, stirring it for an evenly distributed temperature for all to enjoy, its size lending itself for gathering with all those you want to share it with, whether as a two person hot tub or for up to eight, it becomes the centrepiece of time spent outside. 

The reduction in stress and tension during these interactions contributes not only to individual well-being but also to a positive impact on sleep. AlumiTubs become a haven where families and loved ones can unwind together, fostering a sense of tranquility that transcends the tub itself. Incorporating AlumiTub soaks into a family's routine establishes a bedtime ritual that signals the body and mind to wind down. The calming effects of warm water, combined with the shared experience, contribute to a sense of security and comfort. This ritual not only becomes a time for relaxation but also a prelude to restful sleep for all family members.

hot tubing near the lake in the forest

Extra Tips for Optimal Sleep with AlumiTubs

Practical tips for optimizing sleep with AlumiTubs extend beyond the act of soaking itself. While simple in nature and relatively low effort to execute, implementation of these tips on a consistent basis can have a profound effect on your nightly rest:

  1. Evening Soaks: Set an intention to soak in your AlumiTub nightly, allowing your body to wind down naturally before bedtime.
  2. Mindful Soaking: Put down your devices, embrace the simplicity of soaking under the stars, free from distracting technology. Let the crackle of the fire and the natural sounds of the outdoors enhance your relaxation.
  3. Journal: Keep a notebook nearby to write down any intrusive or distracting thoughts that may be impeding your ability to relax and be present. 
  4. Hydration Ritual: Conclude your soak with a hydrating ritual. Sip on a cup of herbal tea or infused water to replenish and promote internal balance, contributing to a more comfortable and restful sleep.

In exploring the intricate connection between sleep, relaxation, and the wood fired hot tub, we unravel a tapestry of benefits that extend far beyond the immediate pleasure of soaking. It's an exploration into the art of cultivating contentment in you routine, leveraging the therapeutic power of warm water, and immersing yourself in a sensory experience designed to elevate your well-being. Consider not just the functional aspects of a wood-fired hot tub but the transformative magic it weaves into your nightly routine. It's a symphony of sensations—the warmth of the water, the crackle of the fire, the scent of cedar, and the gentle embrace of nature—that collectively create an ambiance where sleep serenity becomes  joyful.

Beckoning you to reclaim a moment of stillness - a moment where the worries of the day melt away and the promise of rejuvenating sleep unfolds, is a soak in the wood fired hot tub inviting you to savour the goodness of that which surrounds you. An invitation to settle in. The sort of connection that flows when walls are down, feet are up and souls are at ease. And where night time is spent in a deep, peaceful slumber restoring your mind and body to be at its best for the day ahead. 

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