Have you ever wondered why do hot tubs make you sleepy?
You’re just sitting in the tub having a nice relaxing soak and you can barely keep your eyes open.
I’ll raise my hand because that is definitely me!
And I’m not the only one. Many people get sleepy after spending some time in a hot tub, and there are different reasons for it.
Even though we will explore several reasons why hot tubs make us sleepy – keep in mind, all of these reasons will compound on top of each other, which is why you may feel so sleepy when you get out of your hot tub.
Hot tubs make you sleepy due to homeostasis
One reason hot tubs make us sleepy is because of our body temperature.
Our inner body temperature naturally drops in the evenings, reaching its lowest point around 3:30 a.m.
When our body temperature begins to decrease in the evenings our bodies interpret it as it being time to go to sleep.
If you enjoy your hot tub in the evening your body temperature will rise, when you get out, you will start to cool down again.
This mimics what your body does naturally and makes you sleepy.
This can make soaking in a hot tub a good strategy for trying to get to bed earlier!
We know a lot of people could use a little extra sleep, especially deep sleep.
Hot tubs make you sleepy due to blood flow and circulation
During the stresses of the day, our blood vessels constrict and cause our bodies to work harder to pump our blood.
Soaking in a hot tub can help improve blood flow and circulation.
This allows our blood to flow more freely and do its job of carrying toxins and wastes from our muscles so they can heal and repair.
This repair process requires energy, which can cause us to feel sleepy.
After a long day at work or a session of strenuous exercise, our bodies need these repairs.
Considering that many people use their hot tubs after intense exercise or stress, it just means your body needs to work harder to repair and heal itself.
So, a hot tub will help you heal due to increased circulation, and also through the better quality/quantity of sleep, you’ll get when you get out and feel ready for bed.
You can get sleepy due to relaxation (not a bad thing!)
It is hard to fall asleep if you’re not relaxed.
Being on edge from the activity of the day can keep you awake.
Your brain is in overdrive and so is your body.
Spending just 15 minutes in a hot tub will begin the release of endorphins, which are hormones that help you feel good, and relax you mentally.
Hot tubs provide physical relaxation as well.
The heat of the water, massaging jets, and buoyancy decompress joints and relax muscles.
With your body relaxed and your mind at ease, it is no wonder you feel like laying down after a hot tub session!
You could be sleepy due to the time of day
Finally, the time of day can also play a role in how sleepy you feel after soaking in a hot tub.
Soaking in the evening or at night will likely make you feel sleepier than if you soak during the daytime.
This is simply due to the fact that later in the evening you’ve been awake longer and endured more stress and exertion throughout the day.
Many people use their hot tubs in the evenings and at night.
So, naturally, after soaking in their hot tub they will feel sleepy due to it being late in general.
Sleep is just one of the benefits of hot tub therapy!
Now you know some of the reasons why hot tubs make you sleepy.
So next time you’re feeling tired after a soak, remember that it’s perfectly normal.
In fact, it might be time to just embrace that you are sleepy and hit the sack a little early.
Grab a few extra moments of sleep and wake up feeling amazing!
And if you’re struggling to sleep, a hot tub may be the solution for you.
The combination of thermoregulation, increased blood circulation, and relaxation can all lead to a more restful slumber.
So, before you reach for another sleeping pill, consider investing in your own hot tub.
You may find that you get more quality sleep – and feel more refreshed – than ever before!